Modern day Brits are lacking in good manners, new research has revealed.
It seems our busy day-to-day lives leave little time for courtesy, with 60% of Brits admitting they frequently forget to greet someone with a hello.
A further three in ten admit they rarely say thank you when they should, while 24% never say please. Even the term ‘goodbye’ seems a difficult one for people to master, with one in five saying they often finish a phone call without any pleasantries.
Three in ten Brits admitted they wished they had better manners, and 86% of Brits admit they felt hurt and disrespected by frequent failures of courtesy.
A spokesperson for Mentos, who commissioned the research, said: “When we’re busy, or engrossed in our phones, we can often let our good manners slip – but we should all make the effort to be polite and say hello.”
With 19% of the nation forgetting to thank strangers for holding a door open, seven in ten will respond with a sarcastic “You’re welcome” for this lack of gratitude.
Despite being a nation of bad-mannered Brits, we still receive a number of passing pleasantries from others. Supermarket cashiers greet Brits with the most “hellos”, followed by coffee shop staff and receptionists.
We may not always be the ones to initiate the hello, but 69% say they will respond to polite small talk. And people typically exchange 59 good-natured remarks every day, including ten pleases, 11 thank yous and ten hellos.
Signs of good manners include listening well, offering guests a first choice and elbows off the table.
Over half the nation agrees good manners include offering a tea round when making one for yourself and not reaching over others at the dinner table.
Seven in ten agree people are less polite now than they were ten years ago. More than half put this down to being shy and 22% blame others for coming across as “rude”.