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Good manners are on the way out; Fashion & health.

THEY say manners maketh the man; or at least they used to.

According to latest research minding your Ps and Qs is fast becoming a thing of the past. As our lives become ever more stressful and hectic millions of us are forgetting to say and write please and thank you.

It may be the season of goodwill, but this is the time of year when we're even ruder. The festive Christmas card may arrive, but our thank you letters get lost in the post.

You can't blame Royal Mail, either; it turns out that these notes never actually get written.

Social niceties such as thanking someone for a gift, giving up your seat on the bus or smiling at someone on the Tube seems to hark back to yesteryear.

Researchers found that only one in five people always make a point of saying 'please' when asking for something. An ungrateful 91% of folk don't bother to say 'thank you' when given something or helped out. The study, conducted by Stabilo, also revealed that other good manners, such as sending hand-written thank you letters and holding the door open for others, are a rarity.

Jean Broke-Smith, grooming etiquette teacher and television presenter says: "We've just gone downhill, we really have. I think a lot of it's to do with living in a modern-day world, computers, mobile phones.

"I'm appalled at seeing presents being given to people, mainly youngsters and then there's no letter because they don't know how to write.

"They just send a text message saying 'Thank u'. It's not acceptable."

The general moan seems to be that children don't even know how to head a letter, let alone write one.

But offering a guiding hand is sometimes easier said than done.

As every parent knows it's not always easy getting your kids to do what you ask them.

"I know when I was a youngster, mum used to stand over me on Boxing Day and say 'Write your letters'," Broke-Smith says.

"My son's 25 and I think I did the same with him. It's got to be encouraged by the parents."

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Date:Jan 1, 2009
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