Before being told to “get off their lawn!”, surveyors asked people “What things are worse now than they were?” The list is pretty long.
But the list for the question “What is better now than before?” is short. Go figure.
Remember the old days? When everyone was polite, there were only three TV channels, and families actually talked during dinner instead of just staring at their cell phones?
A new survey asked people to name things that aren’t as good as they used to be. And people had NO PROBLEM rattling off a MASSIVE list. Here’s the top 15 — along with my thoughts…
#1.) Manners and politeness. (Maybe. I think younger people now are actually more well mannered than adults. Not all. Some.)
#2.) The weather. (Huh? The last three winters have been warmer and less snowier. What do you want?)
#3.) Bars. (No way. Just on one point alone, bars today are better: the smoking ban. When I went to see my Dad at the bar, I would walk out smelling of smoke.)
#4.) Schools. (Okay, I’ll give you this one.)
#5.) TV. (WHAT!? TV has never been better!! Watch “Walking Dead” and then compare it to a show from the 70’s or 80’s. It’s better written, acted, and shot. When I watch a sit-com from the 70’s , I cringe at the hack jokes and the bad laugh tracks.)
#6.) Public transportation. (I don’t have much to compare to as the busses in my hometown smelt of puke. But Light Rail and the DC Metro have always gotten me around pretty efficiently.)
#7.) Banks. (ATMs! Hello! Who doesn’t like ATMs???)
#8.) CHILDREN. (My kids are pretty okay, and much more mannered than I was, so NOPE.)
#9.) Music. (If you can’t find good music today, you’re not looking very hard. Lots to choose from, lots to like. I’m not sayin’ I don’t enjoy listening to my old Zeppelin albums, because I do, but today’s music is pretty damn good.)
#10.) Doctors. (I haven’t been sick enough to compare.)
#11.) The police. (I’m not a criminal so I can’t compare.)
#12.) Hollywood movies. (It’s a wash. Both eras have their good and bad movies.)
#13.) Politicians. (Much worse. AGREE!!!!)
#14.) Sports. (Huh? Sports is in your face 24/7! What’s not to like about that?)
#15.) Sex. (Well, sex will never be what it was when you’re younger, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop.)
So, is ANYTHING actually BETTER than it used to be?
Only FOUR things got positive rankings in this survey: Restaurants . . . cars . . . vacations . . . and fashion.