A story that appears on PR Newswire, reveals that seventy percent of Americans say rudeness is becoming a 'national crisis,' and that the average person deals with 17 rude moments per week. What's getting the blame for all of the disrespect? The internet.

Half of the 2 to 3 daily rude incidents take place online, and Americans say that in general, the internet is responsible for people being more disrespectful to one another. (Does that make it Al Gore's fault?)

Here are more rude tidbits uncovered by the survey:

  • 48% of people have unfriended or blocked someone on Facebook because they were rude.
  • 50% of people have ended a friendship in real life due to rudeness.
  • 87% agree it's rude to be on the phone while you're talking to someone in person.
  • 86% say answering your phone during a meal is impolite.
  • 76% think talking too loudly on your phone in public is rude.
  • 72% think swearing is rude.
  • 63% think there's more cursing going on than ever before.
  • 26% of people have quit a job because of a disrespectful work environment.
  • 81% believe America's general level of rudeness is causing more violence.

I have more to share, but I gotta take this call.  Buh bye.