One thing I've noticed recently is how much less polite the world has become. Please and thank you are still part of the language, but I find they are used much less frequently than they probably should. And with all the new technology vying for our attention, there are whole new ways to be rude.
For example, I think it's really rude when someone goes the counter in a cafe or store while talking on the phone. Trying to make an order or pay for something while our attention is on something different is rude. Especially when the transaction may need some back and forward. I work in a movie theatre and people constantly walk up to the counter while on the phone. It makes it difficult for me to complete the transaction because I need the customer to tell me what film they want to see, whether they want ice-cream or wine or coffee as well as the ticket, and I need to tell them which cinema to go to and what time the doors will be open.
And you can guarantee if they go to the wrong theatre, I'll hear about...
I see it at restaurants and cafes too. People have their phones out on the tables and text away while having a conversation with someone else. That's not polite. Surely if you're having coffee or dinner with someone, you can focus your attention on that person or people for that short period of time?
Maybe I'm getting old and fogeyish, but it doesn't take much effort to be polite, and it makes everyone feel that much better.
Have you noticed this trend too?