Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Melvil, 25 Mar 2008.

  1. Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    BBC 'Breakfast' has an item on today about how everyone is supposedly getting angrier. Do you reckon this is true? Are we really all 'raging'?
  2. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Penarth, Wales
    All but me, I think.............................what a STUPID question!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  3. Lord of the Teapot

    Lord of the Teapot New Member

    I'm NOT ANGRY!!

  4. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    middle of Norfolk
    I can be a proper grumpy old woman when I put my mind to it...
  5. NickM

    NickM Veteran

    I don't think people are, or have particular reason to be, any more angry than (say) ten years ago.

    What many people are is less adequately socialised, and therefore less willing to control their more primitive urges. Those self-gratification artists make me want to spit :evil:
  6. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

    Yeh I do - wanna make something of it ! eh eh eh !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :evil:

    Come on, me and you lot :smile: outside now !


    Seriously, I know that people are FAR more upfront now quite posey too ie look at me - and so they will not shy away from anything...

    Manners - they were a bad pop group from waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back !
  7. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    I think that there may be an increase in anger relative to percieved rights and our consumer society.
  8. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    Nah! Not all, just the ones with helmet cams.:evil::biggrin:
  9. walker

    walker New Member

    Bromley, Kent
    I think its the fact that people are getting lazier these days so not many people are doing exercise and thus releasing happy hormones into their bodies, therefore making them angry. get more fatties off their arses and you will have happier people
  10. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Salford, UK
    I think everyone so far has a point (except snorri!;)) People do seem to be more willing to be angry, and yet more pent up at the same time, and there seems to be more to be angry about - stuff that maybe people were once willing to brush off as 'just life'. There's so much pressure to have stuff, so not being able to afford it is an opportunity for anger. Someone else being in your way, is a cause for anger. Someone else apparently getting the better of you, despite you spending all this money on stuff, more anger. Someone else having the nerve to tell you what to do...

    Or is it that we are all getting old and grumpy and noticing it more? It's very hard to overcome nostalgia, I know.

    I rmember when I was in Copenhagen for a week, all week I think I heard one or two car horns, and those were being used 'properly' - as a warning. Compare that to the amount of angry hooting you hear in that average town centre. People in some other countries seem to be much better at staying calm than us, but whether it's a new thing, I dunno.
  11. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Fair point there, but then again go to Italy or Spain, everyone's pretty chilled*, but they use their horns like they're about to be banned....

    *(if inclined towards hot-headedness, but rows and bluster are soon over... rarely comes to blows)
  12. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Salford, UK
    good point, and I was aware of the Med as I typed... Perhaps our problem is the pent up-ness of our anger. Do 'we' as a nation tend to let it fester too much?
  13. tdr1nka

    tdr1nka Taking the biscuit

    I blame the Jerry Springer school of emotional reasoning.
  14. OP

    Melvil Standard nerd

    You've hit the nail on the head Arch - more and more we are being conditioned to believe that everything in our lives (body, mind, career, mates, love) should be perfect and inevitably we get disapointed, frustrated and angry whereas in the past we wouldn't have such unobtainable targets.
  15. Maz

    Maz Guru

    Dunno about angry as such, but not being on the bike through injury at the mo [fractured wrist] has made me a bit snappier and shorter-tempered…there’s definitely some feel-good hormone type stuff [endorphines?] released while cycling, or other physical activities that chill me out.
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