A new survey was recently released by Stage of Life that actually exposes a side of teenagers that is quite refreshing and very optimistic for the future of civility.
Some highlights of the survey:
- 91% of teens say that civility, manners and etiquette are either “very important” or “important” in their lives.
- 87% of teenagers claim they personally practice civility, good manners and polished etiquette either “all” or “most” of the time.
- 92% of teen say they feel social media, e.g. Facebook and Twitter, is making us a less civil society
Where are teens learning manners & civility from? YOU!
- 97% of students learn their manners from home. Parents – you are your child’s role model – again, we are hearing this! Parents matter.
- 57% also said they learn manners and civility from their place of worship.
- 43% named school as a positive influence on their manners, in particular through their involvement in Extracurricular Activities, e.g. Music, Sports, Student Government, Theater, etc.
Where do teens learn their bad manners from?
- 69.3% Books, media and movies
- 65% School and classes
- 61.5% Friends
When teens were given a list of 7 choices of their pet peeve of rude behavior, over a third choose being rude to service people such as cashiers and waiters. Am I hearing a tone of empathy here?
Check out the entire survey and lists on Stage of Life.