Do Americans Lack 'Class'? I've met people from other countries who seem to think so.

A national survey conducted for Ecco Domani Wines indicates that a lot of American adults agree. Most respondents believe the previous generation lived more stylishly than their own, and displayed better etiquette.

  • 79% believe there has been a decline in manners and etiquette in recent decades.
  • 65% of respondents feel generations younger than their own generally have poor manners. That being the case, I believe this has been true since the dawn of human civilization.
  • 46% say their parents’ generation put more effort into entertaining guests than they currently do. When I was growing up, my mother used to really stress about entertaining guests. I don't
  • 50% of respondents stated their parents’ generation invested more time in fashion choices and grooming than they do.
  • 79% said they wish more importance was placed upon good manners.
  • 61% of participants feel we don't put enough effort into maintaining  our personal appearance.
  • 46% of men rarely stand up when a lady leaves the table.
  • 48% of respondents have not sent a handwritten thank-you note within the past year or ever. I've had numerous discussions on this topic with my children over the years. They seem to have a hard time understanding that an e- mail isn't an acceptable substitute in the eyes of their grandparents' generation.
  • 57%  don't display a decorative centerpiece when entertaining in their homes. Do candles count?
  • What do you think? Are we less "Classy" than previous generations of Americans?