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Has political correctness gone mad?

SURVEY outcomes from the new study by the Australian Seniors Insurance Agency shows the majority of Seniors are really over political correctness.

Over 87% of survey respondents think we are focusing too much on avoiding saying or doing something that might ignore, sideline or insult individuals or groups who are disadvantaged or discriminated against all the time.

Older People Speak Out secretary, Yvonne Campbell, was surprised by this finding.

"I haven't come across a lot of people complaining about it, although personally, I do feel that on occasions they do get a bit carried away with political correctness instead of taking things as meant," Ms Campbell said.

Has political correctness gone mad?

This poll ended on 31 December 2017.

Current Results

Yes

21%

No

78%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

As to social norms, 31% of survey respondents agree they no longer care about social norms or pleasing others as much and about 19% say they feeling more self-assured and confident in their senior years.

"We are sticking to our own values," Ms Campbell said.

"What we felt has been right and never offensive, and having no intention of being offensive to anybody," the 71-year-old added.

"I think we are sticking to our own values more so than complying with what others think we should be saying or doing."

Ms Campbell knows she is getting more confident as she ages and avoiding succumbing to others opinions.

Without a doubt, she joins 23.3% of survey respondents in believing her sense of humour is not driven by political correctness. "I will be who I am," she added.

As to joining the 62.6% of respondents who claim they no longer care what other people think, Ms Campbell isn't interested.

"If you are bought up with consideration and compassion for other people, you are cautious about the way you speak, but that doesn't mean you don't have to stand by your own values," she said.

Away from coming to terms with how the community is changing and seniors' responses to those changes, Ms Campbell says what most seniors want is to stay well, happy and lead a healthy life.  "More so than standing up and being rebellious, and standing out from the crowd," Ms Campbell added.

To read the full survey results, go to www.seniors.com.au/news-insights/modern-manners-survey.



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