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Rude Behavior Essay

Rude Behavior

Bill Wine makes some interesting points on social behavior in his essay on Rudeness at the Movies (Wine , 2002 . Describing the scene at a popular film event , he explains in detail the plight of the single man in a movie theatre who has actually gone to the movies to watch the movie - something that appears virtually impossible given the innate rudeness of other people in the room . It is Wine 's opinion that it is the way the public behave at movie theatres that has contributed to the drop in

box-office figures in recent years , and it is his contention that the problem with rude behavior is a social issue that is getting worse , not better (Wine , 2002 , 709

So why did we as individuals in society decide that our own needs were more important than the consideration we could show to others ? And when did this happen ? Has the problem with rude behavior in society increased in proportion to the number of hours an individual might watch television (Wine , 2002 , 708 ) or is it more to do with the way we have lost connection with our neighbors , and as a consequence have decided that the needs of others around us (especially in social situations ) are unimportant ? I am more of the opinion that it is a lack of connection ' that fuels this rudeness a lack of connection with others that has stemmed from urbanization , the shrinking and decline of the family unit , and the concepts of isolation that keep us from saying hello to our neighbors in our apartment block

Public transport is another area where individual rudeness seems to be commonplace . Take traveling on the sub-way for example . We have all seen this situation before the train is packed with commuters a woman stands in the aisle trying to hold onto her briefcase , s and her handbag all in the one hand while she is struggling to keep hold of the hand strap on the pole above her with the other . She is obviously pregnant , extremely stressed , and yet less than two feet away from her sits an urbane type of businessman , who although acknowledging the lady is there (lets say she accidentally trod on his toe which made him look up ) returned to reading his news seemingly oblivious to the possibility that he could really help this poor lady simply by giving up his seat - an action that would have been automatic in men thirty years ago

So why doesn 't the urbane businessman give up his seat to a woman in distress ? There are many possible reasons - he might be an arrogant man who just can 't be bothered with helping anyone at all those types do exist in our society . He might have a really bad back , false legs or an ingrown toenail and so decided that he would be in too much pain if he stood in place of the pregnant female . He may be a man that is some what wary...

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