Is America Becoming More Rude?
have heard the term, “in your face.” We have all been
there. Someone is standing to close. Is it a cultural phenomenon,
a power move, rudeness or just plain social skill ignorance? If
you answered yes to any of these explanations, you are right!
...Anthropologist Edward T. Hall
in his landmark book, The Silent Dimension, formalized the study
of personal space. We all operate in a level of comfort within
a certain personal space. This is our body buffer zone. We can
define it when someone invades it!
New York Times columnist Stephanie Rosenbloom (November 16, 2006
“In Certain Circles, Two is a Crowd”) claimed there
are several explanations for these invasions. She suggests we
are getting crowded with the US climbing above 300 million and
urban corridors are becoming denser.
...Personal space involves not only
the invisible bubble around the body, but all the senses. Eye
contact, olfactory and the ability “to reach out and touch
someone” are impacted.
...I would like to add another explanation
for these space invaders (if one more person breathes down my
neck when I am signing my credit card slip at the grocery check
out line or bumps me with their shopping cart, I am going to scream!).
We are all moving to fast and I concur with the popular belief
that America is becoming rude!
down and give people their personal space!
YOU CATCH THIS?
“What Were They Thinking?
Sexual Harassment is Alive and Well in the Workplace! “
In Success Magazine published by the Society of Human Resource
Management, Fall 2006.