Reply To: Were people friendlier in the past than they are today?

University: University of Wisconsin
February 9, 2021 at 3:26 am

In my childhood, recalls from my grandparents about their old stories, even smallest details, have [ tense error ] all left a deep impression on me. Those stories presented purer and closer relationships (at that time)[unclear/too generic  ]. However, relations among people are drifting away nowadays, though they are (geologically more connected)[unclear  ]. Therefore, I have to admit that people in the past were friendlier than people are now.

First, human relationships become more complex (in terms of business)[unclear  ]. In today’s money-oriented world, friendships may be built on the basis of business profits. People are gradually getting accustomed to such a modern way of making friends. In most cases, once (completing commercial bargains, the established trust )[logical confusion  ]could readily collapse. (Invisible to trust forces people to wear a smiling mask and communicate unfaithfully.)[hard to read  ] Therefore, distinguishing between true and fake friendships becomes difficult.

Besides, heavy burdens from work make time too limited for people to express friendliness. After all, everyone has to cherish time to fight for their survival. In order to meet deadlines, people prioritize in finishing their work rather than maintaining relationships with others. Under this circumstance, people grant[wrong word  ] friendly chats as just a waste of time. Instead, they focus on their tight schedules, which makes their relations more isolated.

By contrast, simplicity and openness may be the best words to define people’s relationships in the past. For instance, before the maturity of market-based economy in China, most of the [article error  ][ university ]graduates attained long-term jobs assigned by the government.  Such stable work increases[tense error  ] cohesion in groups since workers have[ tense error ] fewer competitions. Under this circumstance, people find[tense error  ] it easier to make good connections with their colleagues.

In a word, people’s friendliness remains[ is ] decreasing today. So I think it is a must for us to discover the hidden friendliness and express it bravely, just like our older generations [ did ].