Line up 10 people you know in a row. 7 out of 10 of those people will say rudeness has become a national epidemic.

--25% of people quit their job because of incivility at work

--35% of people say the tone at work is rude

--85% say rudeness is leading to more violence

--95% say we have a civility problem in this country

Doesn't it seem like there are more adults (I'll use the term loosely) throwing tantrums like toddlers today? What's wrong with us? Are we just overworked and stressed out? No excuse by the way. Are we just imitating the outrageous fights that happen on reality TV shows?

Maybe a lot of people think..."Hey, everybody else is doing it, why can't I?"

The problem is IMHO, we're not calling people out in it. What do we do? We slink away and wimp out. We block on-line connections, we transfer our kids to another school, we quit our jobs hoping it's better someplace else, and sadly we end friendships rather than confront bad behavior. We, the polite people are weak.

So is it the new normal? Incivility is the new normal only if we allow it.

More on this topic this morning with me at 8:15.