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40 per cent wouldn’t give up seat on a train

Millennial etiquette differs greatly from that of their parents and grandparents, a new study has found, as a large proportion would not give up their seat on a train or hold a door open for a woman.

However, while these behaviours may be dying out, the  younger generation has made up new rules for living, including not reading texts over the recipient’s shoulder or announcing someone’s news on social media before they have had a chance to.

Over two in five (42 per cent) millennials admit they would not be willing to give up their seat on public transport for an elderly or pregnant person, almost one in three (28 per cent) ignore queue etiquette, and over half (53 per cent) don’t say “bless you” when someone sneezes.

Digital etiquette appears to be more important for the computer-savvy generation, as whilst more than a third of 18-34 year olds say that ignoring someone on social media is rude, just 16 per cent think that putting elbows on the dinner table is as bad.

A fifth of people said that sharing television show spoilers is the height of rudeness, and 22 per cent deemed social media oversharing a pet peeve.

Littering (72 per cent), playing music too loudly from our phones (56 per cent), and talking too loudly on public transport (53 per cent) are also viewed as inconsiderate behaviours for the modern day.

While for many in the past, not greeting someone with a handshake would be considered rude, now only half of young people would shake hands on meeting. 95 per cent of people use a verbal greeting and one in five prefer a continental kiss.

Men are the ruder sex, according to the study by Privilege Insurance, as just one in eight observe rules of politeness, with women almost twice as polite, at 22 per cent.

Charlotte Fielding, Head of Privilege Motor Insurance, said: “It’s really interesting to see how the definition of what is thought to be rude is changing, with the airs and graces that were once considered important have become a thing of the past.

“Instead, it appears that a new, modern etiquette has taken hold, with TV spoilers and social media must-nots overtaking things like not offering to take someone’s coat, or holding doors open for people when it comes to what’s rude.”

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