Hi! There is a simple thought that may project polite behavior and manners: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Even if they don't respond back accordingly, you will have treated them as you wish to be treated. Send out the good vibes and don't stop being the person you are! Have a nice weekend.
It's not just young people who fail to be polite. People of all ages are so caught up in themselves and their own thoughts that they forget the niceties in life. Phrases like "Please", "Thank you", and "You're welcome" have fallen by the wayside. If we ever lose our opposable thumbs, there will be nothing left to distinguish us from the rest of the animal kingdom.
Where to start?? Let's say when parents both had to start working and or discipline was taken away from parents and out of school. The kids think they can run the schools. And the household because the parents can't do anything. So when they do try and teach anything the kids reply with " I don't have to or who are you??" and parents have no ground to stand on anymore. I spank my kids, I'll be damn'd if they tell me no. If they can do a better job, come get them. Because I feed, I clothed, I put them through school and there is nothing wrong with discipline and learning respect...
No Thank You, No Hello, No door holding, No patience, no I'm not gonna continue b-cuz you get my drift. I do my best to do everything most people aren't doing. I say HI, and even if they don't say HI back, I still did my part. Manners are seeming to be a thing of the past, and we wonder why people are going on killing sprees and what not.
The new "You're welcome" seems to have become "No problem", as if we are being told that we can stop worrying because that person is okay with the work we required of him. If I ran a business which catered to the public, that would be my first order of business--to get my employees to smile and simply say "You're welcome".
Lucky for me, my mom taught me right. My sister not so much. I say thank you to every little thing. Like when the waiter brings my water, or takes away my finished plate. I even say please. My sister needs to work on her please's, thank you's, and no/yes sir/maam. Maybe it's just the generation. What's worse is when I hold the door for people and they don't even acknowledge me. When my elders come in the room i get off my lazy butt and let them have my seat. I know how well respected it makes you to be polite and how it makes that person feel special and appreciated. Making people happy is my thing. Perhaps it is the parents or just the kid. It could be any of those reasons. All I know is that things need to change!
The society is cruel and people's manners are the scariest thing you ever saw. All you can do is try to teach them the right thing. If it doesn't work you won't be surprised because of the way they were brought up. You can't change that.