Project 3 Thang Nguyen - Thang Nguyen RWS 281 Professor Williams November 27th 2012 The Decline of Civility As time progresses civility is becoming

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Thang Nguyen RWS 281 Professor Williams November 27 th , 2012 The Decline of Civility As time progresses, civility is becoming questionable in the U.S. Some people believe that civility is on the decline, but others believe that we are as civil as we have ever been. The remaining question is whether civility is really on a downward slope, or is it just the perception regarding civility the problem, because incivility is an aspect that is difficult to quantify. Ideally, one should focus on self-betterment and attempt to become as good as possible. Therefore, the idea about incivility’s triumph is not a pleasant one. The reason why civility should be preferred over rudeness is that civility is the basis of a society where everyone lives in harmony, and peacefully. Without such basic moral characteristics, human’s values will soon diminish to nothing. Civility is an important element that affects our behaviors, actions, and emotions; therefore it is important that everyone should contribute his/her part to put a stop to incivility. Regardless of how the exact amount of rudeness can actually be determined, it is not difficult to realize that our society is losing touch with civility. Civility is not something that disappears in an instant. Rudeness is the result of the change in values and the perception of what is acceptable in our society. This negative change happens because of various reasons: technological advancement, the favoring of rudeness over civility, and the differences created by multicultural aspects are further expanded, which results in violent and inappropriate resolutions. First and foremost, technological advancement has taken its toll on our social life on many significant aspects. Never before has communication been easier to establish with our modern technology. Thanks to the invention of smart phones and other electronic devices, along with available Internet service in almost all of the country, connecting with friends on the Web can be done in an instant. Because of the readily available electronic devices and theirs constant
connection to the Internet, it is visible that it is increasingly difficult to disconnect from the cyber life social media to live a normal life where people interact to each other physically. Sara Rimer, in her article “Play with Your Food, Just Don’t Text”, illustrates the different positions regarding this issue of using the phone at the dinner table. The arguments go both way, but in the end, the line was drawn where electronic devices should be limited as much as possible when people are present at socializing event like dinner. In this generation, many families have difficulties socialize the old fashioned way where people just talk to each other, physically. It is not very

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