Originally Posted by LuckyR
This change in social norms is real. Of course there are generational changes, but that likely does not account for this observation since they are probably the same individuals who over time have adopted a style that used (and still) to be called "rude".
I can only point to the take-over of electronic (vs older fashioned) communication for this. Sure, snicker if you want but do you disagree that 1) Cindy's observation is not on the rise? and 2) that you have another explanation for it?
Originally Posted by Cindysphinx
Part of it has to be the technology, LuckyR.
If I get you on the phone, you have to deal with me and say *something.*
With an email or a text, if you stall long enough it falls off your screen and then doesn't exist in your mind anymore.
There is one other factor that could be at work for some people. Nowadays, captains fill their spring rosters as early as December. If you choose to wait, you will struggle to find players. Players do not wish to decline these early invitations because the door may not be open later, so they accept. Then something better comes along -- and they just blow off the first commitment.
Maybe I should start taking non-refundable deposits . . .
Cindy -- so, so tempted to agree to take some of these ladies onto the team and then yanking the invitation the day before the season starts
"The world is going to hell in a hand basket" is a theme throughout human history. The industrial revolution. The automobile. The movies. TV. Computers. Cellphones.
These may all be manifestations, but it always has been and always will be a character issue.
Originally Posted by gmatheis
Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. .
This is a theme that is as old as human history as well. For some reason we all long for "the good old days that never really were".