Is meanness becoming more acceptable in real life and on the Internet?
Norbert Elias took a look at etiquette books over hundreds of years and found as time has gone by much kindness has disappeared.
Are more and more people blowing off steam and saying and acting mean and inconsiderate, either because they can’t see that their behavior is outrageous or it doesn’t matter?
On line, social cues which say “You’ve gone too far,” can’t be seen and the concern is that this leads to similar actions in real life situations.
Such looks which protect and help a person tone down disappear because there is no way to tell a person to stop without making a further confrontation.
There can be a special feeling of wonder, joy and peace when engaging in a polite conversation, or overhearing people who are using sensitive, kind words.