Where’s The Worst UK City For Bad Manners And Rudeness?

All lifestyle measures are applied to cities for visitors and expats – but the latest looks at rudeness.

Everyone is used to seeing city rankings for happiness, the cost of living, career prospects and the standard of living.

So far, the idea has only been applied to British cities, with Nottingham in the East Midlands topping the list as the rudest place in the country, while Cardiff, in Wales, was voted the politest place.

And men were generally considered ruder than women.

UK’s rudest cities

The top 10 rudest cities in the UK are:

  1. Nottingham
  2. London
  3. Birmingham
  4. Edinburgh
  5. Newcastle
  6. Leeds
  7. Norwich
  8. Glasgow
  9. Brighton
  10. Bristol

Modern Faux Pas

But what’s considered rude? Privilege Insurance, the company, coming up with the concept, asked millennials aged 20 to 34 years old to reveal a list of social faux pas.

  • Dropping litter
  • Playing music too loudly
  • Talking too loudly on public transport
  • Using  a smartphone at a meal table
  • Reading someone’s phone messages
  • Taking up too much room on crowded public transport
  • Talking while looking at your phone instead of making eye contact
  • Keeping earphones in/headphones on while talking to someone
  • Making a drink without offering one to others
  • Scrolling through someone’s social media photo album without asking
  • Walking in or out of a room and ignoring others around you
  • Oversharing on social media
  • Revealing TV show spoilers
  • Talking about politics too much
  • Not responding quickly to text messages or emails
  • Screening phone calls
  • Not returning likes on friends or family’s social media posts
  • Not following someone back on social media

Charlotte Fielding, head of Privilege Motor Insurance, said: “As a British brand, we want to understand how attitudes are evolving and how much we are still paying attention to long-standing social codes of etiquette.

“It’s fascinating to see how the definition of what is thought to be rude is changing, with the airs and graces that were once considered important have become a thing of the past.

“Instead, it appears that a new, modern etiquette has taken hold, with tv spoilers and social media must-not overtaking things like not offering to take someone’s coat, or holding doors open for people when it comes to what’s rude.”

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