It"s not like the old days, millions moan with a lack of manners topping list of complaints

It's not like the old days, millions moan with a lack of manners topping list of complaints
1,000 people polled in survey by search website Ask Jeeves Second on list is weather followed by pubs and television programmes

By
Tara Brady

PUBLISHED:

14:37 GMT, 6 March 2013

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UPDATED:

18:07 GMT, 6 March 2013

From TV programmes to pubs to the weather, things really aren't as good as they used to be, according to the British public.

New research published today found that that the majority of Britons really do think modern life is rubbish.

Topping the list of moans is manners – people are just not as polite – according to the poll carried out by search website Ask Jeeves.

It never use to be this bad: Second on the list of things which people think are worse is the weather

It never use to be this bad: Second on the list of things which people think are worse is the weather

Nearly 63 per cent of Britons believe people have less manners or are not as polite as they used to be.

Second on the list of things which people believe are worse is the weather, with coverage of flooding and freezing temperatures prompting 37 per cent to think it has gradually deteriorated over the years.

Despite the smoking ban and better food, nearly one in three people believe pubs are worse, and 29 per cent think schools are not as good as they used to be.

Gone are the days of personal banking, with more than a quarter of those quizzed, 28 per cent, saying banks are worse.

Not as helpful: Gone are the days of personal banking with 28 per cent believing high street banks are worse

Not as helpful: Gone are the days of personal banking with 28 per cent believing high street banks are worse

Public transport and TV programmes were also singled out by 28 per cent of people who think they have gone downhill in modern-day Britain.

More than one in four people even said children were not as good as they used to be, while others said doctors (20 per cent), policemen (19 per cent) and politicians (17 per cent) used to be better.

LIFE JUST ISN'T WHAT IT USED TO BE

Doctor

List of people's top moans

1. Manners/politeness – 63%

2. Weather – 37%

3. Pubs – 29%

4. Schools 29%

5. TV – 28%

6. Public transport – 28%

7. Banks – 27%

8. Children – 26%

9. Music – 25%

10. Doctors – 20%

One in four believe modern-day music is not as good while 17 per cent said Hollywood films were worse.

Seventeen per cent said football was not as entertaining and bizarrely, 11 per cent said sex used to be better than it is now.

But it's not all bad.

When it came to things that are considered better than they use to be, people said restaurant meals and cars had improved considerably.

The expansion of air travel
prompted one in 10 people to say holidays are better, while a
similar 10 per cent said fashion had improved over the decades.

A spokesman for Ask Jeeves, which polled 1,000 people, said: 'Our research shows that a number of aspects of modern day life are believed to be worse than they once were.

Transport

According to the poll, 17 per cent think football is not as good as it use to be when there were players like George Best

Moans: People's main gripes include public transport, the police and doctors. Surprisingly football is considered not as good as it use to be when footballers like George Best (right) played

'It is not clear whether people look at things through 'rose-tinted spectacles' or just have a romantic notion of things being better in the past.

'Many people have never had it so good when it comes to things like public transport, choice of TV channels and entertainment venues, so it is interesting that these are often branded worse now than in the past.'