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Are we getting progressively disrespectful, especially to our elders?

 

 

Is our society getting more and more disrespectful generation by generation? If so, then why? If not, then please explain.

Yes, it is

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No, it is not

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We are, We are,We are, getting gradually more disrespectful as the years wear on. Though I respect my elders very much I have peers that do not. In today's society everyone is equal. Everyone goes for the same job, homes, food, so status by age is only a number.

Side: Yes, it is

I myself definitely think that we are getting more disrespectful! While i myself am very respectful around elders, when i am with my friends i act like a normal kid. i never talk back to my parents, as they do not allow me. They have always been strict on me, and i believe that i have come out the better for it. when i am in one of my friends cars, they talk back to their parents and bully them into getting McDonald's or some Starbucks. i don't call them out on it (not until after my mocha frappuccino :) ) i don't bring it up to them or their parents because it is none of my business, but i get pretty uncomfortable. perhaps it is the way parents are raising their kids.

Side: Yes, it is
1 point

Yeah, we're getting disrespectful alright, but I think you have the wrong mindset about elders and your parents.

Most of the time, you should always obey them because they know best, but don't forget that they are only human and talking back isn't always wrong. It just depends on the situation and if it conflicts with your morals. I don't have flexible morals and nobody on this earth will make me bend them.

The reason I can give is because old culture is being replaced with pop-culture and TV sensations like Hannah Montana. Everything has been turned into a big advertisement and a vane race for superficial perfection and beauty.

And caught up in all of this, the old stories and culture just fades away and gets choked. It's pretty pathetic to see people who don't give a rats ass about the history of their family or their heritage, but it happens.

Side: Yes, it is
2 points

We are absolutely allowing our children to become more disrespectful by the day. Have you watched Nickelodeon or Disney lately? All you see are little girls having hissys about not getting their own ways, or little boys talking back. Have you been inside of a classroom recently, or to any public area where young people congregate? They are rude. Plain and simple. I grew up in an area where a MAN or even a boy would NOT dream of walking through a door or onto an elevator before a LADY who is approaching at the same time as him; we called our elders Ma'am and Sir, not because they had 'authority' but because they were older than us and have more WISDOM than we did and it was the respectful thing to do; Oh look, you have your hands loaded down, here let me get that door for you - can I help you with any of that? Todays youth would rather push you into a mud puddle, and I've seen as much done. Its unacceptable and the fact that parents allow their children to grow up and call them bitches and assholes is atrocious!

For thousands of years to be called an "old man" or "old woman" was a high honor, just as it was to be called ma'am and sir; now we ask to be called Tracy and Steven by our children and their friends and spoil them with treats for no hard work put forth, and we have to wonder what on earth has happened to our values and if we're becoming more disrespectful?

The answer is YES

Side: Yes, it is
2 points

Who would you blame for the children's disrespect?

I say the parents who listen to the government who listen to psychiatrists who listen to children. :P

Side: Yes, it is

I can only see that here for those kids and others who know me, come to me in droves to talk...age group anywhere from 13 - 40.

Here on CD I see the same things we thought when I was a kid. The older generations know nothing and the older they are, the less they know! All kids wish to be accepted for who they are and what they know but can't quite figure out how we know it too! Manners, politeness and respect have gone down the drain here in this generation, on this site and many sites like it. When they can't see you, you are dismissed, voted down while they up vote their own and generally have the manners of a newt when they speak to you. They poke fun, they flip you the bird (figuratively speaking) and they wouldn't dare speak to a parent in this way. The playing field should be leveled here on CD but it's not...and no one monitors behavior which I find revolting.

Side: Yes, it is
gtride26(14) Disputed
1 point

because on the internet it doesnt matter how old you are... all the matters is your knowledge and thirst for answers... My grandfather thinks marijuana should be illegal despite overwhelming evidence in favor of ending prohibition. So you say that young people think that the older generations dont know anything? They are probably right, because older generations are so set in their ways, when new idea is introduced they immediatly dismiss it regardless of the facts on the table. A perfect example would be sex and drug education in schools. People in the bible belt tend to have a religious backround and thus teach their children that abstinence is the only answer... Kind of funny how those states lead the nation in teen pregnancy. These people refuse to change and learn from their mistakes. They continue teaching their kids the same bullshit even though it doesnt work. Same thing with marijuana and drug education. Kids are taught that marijuana is so bad for you and that it will make you go insane and it will kill you. Its really laughable. If older generations didnt lie to "protect" the younger generation, then they would deserve respect. Respect is earned... you dont just get it for being on this planet for a longer period of time.

Side: No, it is not
gtride26(14) Disputed
2 points

i think its funny when people downvote but do not post a reply... usualy means they dont have a good argument

Side: No, it is not
1 point

Well said.

On a side note: I know far more junkies who ended up that way from raiding mom and dads medicine cabinets, after a root canal or surgery, than I do who became that way from smoking a joint after work or on the weekends!

Side: Yes, it is
1 point

Yes we are. No doubt about it... you see it everywhere.

There's several reasons.

Peer pressure - Kids see that being rebellious is what makes them big. That smoking at the age of 8 is cool. The telling an old man to fuck off is cool. That fucking a girl is cool. A rebel without a cause.

Society doesn't teach them it's wrong (depends) In my community you don't get away with disrespect, but for my parents generation it was even stricter. My kid's generation it's even worse. We're taught to 'understand' and 'sympathise' with a child when they do something stupid.

They're also shielded from most realities of society and what holds real value.

We're more and more short sighted. We don't think that what goes around comes around.

We're in an information age. It means kids have access to all sorts of things their parents couldn't have dreamed of. This gives them the idea that they're smarter than their parents which means that they know better than their parents, which means their parents should listen to them.

I could go on forever about shit sad soft shit world we're in....

Side: Yes, it is
1 point

we are getting more disrespectful to our parents we love our children but disrespect our parents our children will also do the same and this cycle will go on ............

the need of this hour is to think about what they have done to us and what we are doing to them........

how much they loved us and how much we hate them..........

just think about it when we were small how much we were dependent on them

now its our time to help them when they are getting old

and the most imp thing is respect is not for their age but for their experience

Side: Yes, it is
1 point

Children now are growning up too fast and they are getting the mind set that nobody can tell them anything

Side: Yes, it is
AngryGenX(463) Disputed
1 point

And where were the parents to teach them this lesson? Both working 50 hours a week? If the kid was lucky enough to have two?

Side: No, it is not
1 point

As a senior in high school, I find that the ignorance, lack of motivation, disrespect, irresponsibility, and sheer amounts of immaturity of this generation frankly astounds me. The drama going on around me as I walk through the hallways saddens me. Members of this generation seem to be so willing to turn on friends and loved ones at the slightest provocation. A need for defiance seems to mold some of these kids into what they are with the argument that it is their form of "expression\". Why does it seem to be socially acceptable for teens to become pregnant? Perhaps I am going slightly off topic here but we need to think about what is causing these problems in order to fix them. To me it appears that rather than teaching our young women that the best way to avoid STD's or pregnancy is to avoid sex altogether, we are telling them "you can always just have an abortion" or "make sure you use contraception!" (as if that were fail-proof). As for the young men, what on earth makes a guy think it is okay to abandon a woman he has just had sex with and gotten pregnant, and then say "not my problem". Sure, it may have been a bad decision they both made, and the father will have to pay child support, but this does not even begin to scratch the surface in comparison with the burdens the mother will then face. This is just one of the problems I see. There are many others including drug use, violence, excessive profanity, financial irresponsibility, disregard for the well being of others, selfishness, and many, many more. I have not the time to go into detail with all of these. There may be a number of factors that help to contribute to the rise of these problems, but I believe the responsibility for this ultimately comes down to the the parents. Just as religious and political beliefs are almost always passed down from parent to child, so are the bad habits passed down. The fact is, teens with mothers who gave birth at a young age are far more likely to repeat the same behavior. Teen pregnancy rates are over twice as high in the U.S as in any other developed country. Teen births have been proven to cause a number of social and economical problems. I ask you all to take the time to read or to at a minimum scan through the first chapter of "Kids Having Kids", the link to which can be found here http://www.urban.org/pubs/khk/summary.html Does anybody else find this highly disturbing? This generation is severely lacking strong morals. Something needs to be done to fix these problems, and soon. Our children are the future of the world.

Side: Yes, it is
1 point

Yes, and for good reason. The baby boomers were by and large the worst generation of Americans ever. Everything they touch is toxic... And all they can point to is technology (that is all made in China) is better so we should all be thankful....

SCREW YOU!

The baby boomers were handed the most powerful nation ever to exist and they sold out to fund their own decadence.

Church attendance: down

Murder rate: up

National debt: up

Social Security payments: up

Border integrity: non existent

National credit rating: down

Gas prices: up

Gas dependency: up

Divorce rate: up

Number of single mothers: up

Education: down

Voter apathy: up

Manufacturing: down

... The list goes on and on and on... Every challenge they baby boomers faced, they failed. As far as being rude... They reap what they sow

Side: Yes, it is
1 point

FACT : We have three daughter's. 32,24 and 17.

According to all the facts brought forward, my 17 year is so very dis-respectful , she claims it's normal and accepted. I simply tell her , it will not be accepted here! It goes good for 48 hours if I am lucky.

The older two feel the entitlement that everyone owes them. Living @ home or only calling when they want or need something.

My wife keeps repeating the same boiler plate statement like when I was 17 I didn't dare talk to my parents that way. So that's as good as zero support, because with these highly Independent know it all's that came out as X genes ...

Side: Yes, it is
1 point

The spoiled child has always been around. There are no stats to back up if they've increased, so i won't say that they have increased. The only thing that makes it look like a shit load more is because Hollywood and the media likes to focus more on shit like that nowadays.

Kids have always wanted to rebel against their parents. It's natural if they become disrespectful, especially in their teen years; but all elders is a different thing. From what i've seen, children have shown much respect for their elders (not parents included, of course). maybe i'm wrong, but there is no study saying that i am wrong.

i don't believe in respect for our elders though. I believe in respect in general, but we shouldn't have to submit to the elders just because they're older. (you can see just how anti-elitist i really am). I believe in contradicting, just in a respectful way. When we teach people to not contradict, we teach to kiss ass. If we could eliminate ass kissers, wouldn't that be awesome as fuck?

Side: No, it is not
1 point

the spoiled child has always been around, but i think that the population is growing. and from what i've seen, first hand, every day, less and less respect is being given.

Side: Yes, it is
1 point

I completely agree.... Respect is earned, You dont just automatically assume respect just because you have lived longer.

Side: No, it is not

You just have to beat the little brat until he can't grow anymore ;)

Side: No, it is not

just shake 'em and yell! its the answer to everything! :)

Side: No, it is not

It works with my kids ;)

But I'm starting to wonder if it's the right thing to do. I mean, I'm starting to hear a little rattle inside their heads when I shake them. ;)

Side: No, it is not
AngryGenX(463) Disputed
1 point

That would require the and attention, things the last couple generations of parents were not willing to provide.

Side: Yes, it is

It's always someone else's fault ;)

Side: Yes, it is
1 point

No, we are not getting progressively disrespectful towards our elders; however, the words we use to express ourselves have changed. Society has become more informal and thus, we are more informal towards our elders. Respect, before, was based mainly on the formality used when addressing an elder and in keeping your mouth shut. Today, respect has little to do with formality and it's no longer about keeping your mouth shut, it's about employing tact when one says things.

Side: Our perspective of respect has changed
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I hope we are. To be completely honest... I really dont care how old you are. You do not deserve respect because you are my elder... You must EARN respect. If your uncle joey rapes a woman or molests a child, does he deserve respect because he is your elder? Besides younger generations are far more educated than thier "elders" now.

Side: No, it is not
mikeydlo79(1) Disputed
1 point

ya thats easy to say but i demand respect and dont care how more educated you are who are u to use that as a excuse to dissrespect me and gtride i whould like to see how you whould react if some body 7 years younger than you dissrespect you blatanliy how whould you react then fuck what your talking about

Side: Yes, it is
dreamcatcher(1) Disputed
1 point

You hope people will be disrespectful to elders and all elders are stupid..

Well, God bless your parents and your grandparents for the patience and love they must have for you, I wouldn't admit we share the DNA

Side: No, it is not