Many complain about being ignored and disregarded by someone who is absorbed in their smart phone or other technology. This begs the question, does technology make us rude?
My thought is, technology and social media is not making us rude, it just makes it easier to be rude. Social media networks like twitter or facebook offer a forum where we can communicate relatively uncensored anything we want, whenever we want, to whomever we want. Many people take the bate and get accustomed to sharing with people things they have no business saying online.
Add to this, you can maintain a certain anonymity online and give yourself the liberty to say things you would never have the guts to say in public.
It's easier to attack others, including the government, online. We don't have to back up our proclaimations and we have the freedom to say what we want. Sometimes online forums can encourage or set the tone for abusive attacks or negative commentary, which sets people up to participate with an attitude of animosity.
Technology is an avenue to be rude. Also, it reinforces a host of rude behaviors that allow us to hide behind our devices, ignore others, and disengage from the real world.
However, my feeling is if you are rude already, social media and technology are just tools to amplify your rudeness. If you are a kind, respectful and caring person, this should not change no matter what venue you chose to communicate with.
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