None of us like being cut off, bumped into or being the recipient of a terse email or snarky personal comment. Rudeness occurs when someone behaves in a way that doesn't align with the way another may think is appropriate or civil. It is often a mistake to assume that people you are encountering share your core values of just how people should get along.
Between Twitter feuds and Facebook rants, rudeness has become our new normal. And with our interactions extending to the digital realm, it's difficult to practice a reflective process by asking ourselves, "Why is this truly important?" "Should I really get the last word here?" "When a person is rude, is it about me or about her/him?" And "Why is social media exacerbating this?"
Many experts contend that social media has contributed to an attitude of rudeness. "People feel they have to share their opinions on everything, everywhere, at all times, even if backed up by scant knowledge,”
Incivility is a virus and one that spreads more easily than COVID-19, but there are steps we can take that limit our exposure and help to prevent rudeness from taking hold. In this FYI/ASK resource guide we shall at some of the triggers for rudeness and some strategies to cut them down.
The latest FYI/ASK resource sheet; entitled “Rude Awakening for Rudeness" can be downloaded freely from the FYI Initiative page. It can also be downloaded from the link embedded within this post.
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For those who may look at the current advert for this FYI/ASK resource guide on the rolling news header and not recognise the person, it is a character called Linda Flint from Little Britain and when you watch this you will understand why she is there...