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June 09, 2003

College Freshmen Annoyed by Peers

It seems that the majority of college freshmen share their elders' view that their own peers have terrible manners. A survey of 600 students at Tokyo's Toyo University showed that 83% of those polled think that young people are rude. The most common complaint was about mobile phones ringing in class (94%), while 74% found whispering annoying. Teachers may not agree, but only 48% said it was rude to send e-mails during lectures. Behaviour considered inappropriate on the train includes hogging seats (90%), sitting on the floor (85%), women putting on makeup (56%), and eating (49%).

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