Are People Getting Ruder? Is it a sign of the times?

Are people getting ruder? A check on social media might indicate this is true.

Why are people getting ruder?

I think social media has opened the door for people to make comments without considering that there is a person on the other end of the conversation. 

By getting ruder, you may be burning bridges

However, it seems like people experience rudeness from veritable strangers frequently. 

As we communicate more and more with strangers, over phones, e-mail, blog comments, or the host of social media tools growing daily, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, do we need to be even more vigilant that we are not offending others?

Recognize the people not the media

The distance we feel on social media because the person is not in front of us makes it easier to just blast out insensitive responses. Sadly, this mindset is also translating to how people relate to each other in person.

As we talk to people who think differently than we do, we end up being easily annoyed.

Why burning bridges can burn you

When I teach classes on résumés and other career management tools, we discuss how you need to always be careful not to burn bridges. As I am teaching networking, I remind people that they need to nurture their network and keep doors open.

You never know when you will need a reference or a favor from someone in your past. Keep that in mind when you feel motivated to blast someone with caustic remarks.

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