Is it only me or does it seem that people aren’t very conscious of etiquette anymore? Are you one of these people?
According to Answers.com, Etiquette is a code of conduct, both written and unwritten, for basic behavior that is socially expected from individuals in a society based on cultural norms. These behaviors include the proper way of socially interacting with others, guidelines for handling yourself in public, to the manner of dress that is considered acceptable for various occasions and circumstances.
The bottom line is that etiquette is being polite, respectful, and having good manners.
So when did the shift from etiquette start? I believe it started in the early 1970s with certain TV shows. People were made to look foolish. Husbands and wives on these shows responded in a way that showed they really didn’t respect their spouses. Whether or not you were related to someone, there was always something about the other person that could be made fun of. Then, we started to notice that children not showing respect for other children and not too much longer, there was little respect for their parents and other elders. “Dissing” someone was cool.
The truly sad thing is that this disrespect for others continues today. When you walk through the door at the mall or entering a building, how many people hold the door open for people behind them? Most people don’t even look behind them to see if there is someone there! I’ve had doors close in my face many times.
Have you seen people answering or even using their cell phones during a meeting, in a house of worship, while engaged in conversation with someone else? What about the people that speak so loud on their cell phones you become a victim of TMI?
Recently someone mentioned there are many words being used in every day communication, on Facebook and other social media that many people consider inappropriate due to their sexual or other questionable implications.
I realize that styles of dress change, including what we wear when we are at work. These days we are much more casual than in former years. Personally, on the whole, I think that’s a good thing. However, where does one draw the line?
Have you noticed a change? How does it affect how you do business with someone?
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