posted on Dec, 15 2017 @ 05:21 PM
a reply to: enlightenedservant
This is not a political conversation and being accepting of socialism has nothing to do with social skills, so lets leave that out of it as to not
ruin this very nice discussion.
I also agree with much of that, but not entirely.
Social skills includes face to face with people from all age groups and backgrounds and the ability to interact in public. On the Internet it includes
the ability to be civil in discussions, tolerant of others views and have at least minimal decorum.
Face to face I'd disagree that things are headed in a positive direction. I've interviewed many young people over the last few years who were
completely lacking in even basic social graces and had problems talking to a prospective employer in conversational English. Often rudely leaving
their phones on and interacting with it during an interview, not understanding they had just guaranteed their resume was headed for the trash can.
They bring friends with them or show up in groups completely unprepared to even fill out documents. I wish I could say it's rare, but it is not.
Sometimes its so cliche as to be almost comical.
I get calls from young people seeking work who immediately start interviewing me and demanding information in an angry tone, again guaranteeing they
will not be working for anyone if that is how they approach it. They seem oblivious to how rude they are and like I said it is not a small percentage
of them. They sound like kids in their terrible teens back-talking their parents or a teacher, rather than young adults with a few years of college
that actually want a job.
Not all of course or even a majority, but enough of them to see it is a problem. Clearly basic civility has not been a part of their schooling or
teachings from their parents when they were younger and it's not hard to see why they need work.
"Simply not seeing eye to eye"? I'm not sure I see what that has to do with basic social skills offline? Rude is rude, dismissive is dismissive,
civility is civility and generational differences are meaningless when it comes to a persons demeanor in public.
I'm not trying to sound like the old curmudgeon, but there really is a decline in social skills with the young adults.