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Is incivility the new normal? Americans think so

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(MyFoxBoston.com) – Startling or not so much? Ninety-five percent of Americans surveyed in a new study say America has a civility problem. Additionally, 43 percent of Americans say they expect to experience incivility at some point during their day.

The poll, Civility in America 2013, is the fourth annual nationwide poll conducted by Weber Shandwick and Powell Tate with KRC Research. The poll and corresponding infographic not only illustrate the growing trend in incivility, but also the harmful effects incivility has on our behavior and interactions with others throughout the day.

As a result of incivility on the Internet, 48 percent of Americans say they have defriended, blocked, or hid someone online because of uncivil behavior. Even more alarming, cyberbullying has increased threefold since 2011, with 24 percent saying they have experienced it personally.

Seventy percent think the Internet encourages uncivil behavior, and 34 percent specifically point to Twitter as the reason civility will worsen.

This may not come as a shock to some, but another leading contributor to incivility is the workplace, with 26 percent of those surveyed saying they have quit a job because of the uncivil culture.

Eighty-one percent of those surveyed agree all this incivility is leading to one thing – an increase in violence, the poll reports.

Since the study's inception in 2010, incivility levels have only gone up, and now in 2013, 70 percent of Americans surveyed believe this uncivil behavior has risen to crisis levels.

The solution? Eighty percent say the level of civility won't improve until our government leaders act more civilly, essentially lead by example. While this change in behavior may be more of a lengthy process, there is one thing you can stop doing immediately that will improve the lives of 87 percent of those surveyed – stop talking on your cell phone while in the presence of someone else.

For a full text of the study, click here.

To see the infographic, click here.

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