What really, really ticked you off in the ’00s? Maybe, rise of the tattoo?


 Tattooed back Now, how about the hot social and technological trends that Americans said they hated in the Noughties—do you agree?

Yesterday we considered some of the hot social and technological trends in the ‘00s that were regarded as changes for the better by respondents. Of course, many of these started before 2000, but they escalated rapidly during the decade.

Today, let’s look at the other end—changes that people in the poll indicated were for the worse in the last decade. Would these be on your list?

Acceptance of gays and lesbians

Social networking sites

Cable news talk & opinion shows

More people in the stock market

Reality TV shows

More people getting tattoos

Fewer than half (often way less than half) of Americans thought any these were changes for the better, according to the Pew Research Center.

About a third felt that acceptance of gays and lesbians was a change for the better; about 30% said it was a change for the worse, with about the same number in the middle between these two positions. This division is clear today in the contentious debate about the administration’s efforts to repeal the military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

The split into three roughly equal groups—change for the better, change for the worse, and in the middle—also appears for social networking sites, cable news talk & opinion shows, and having more people in the stock market.

The clear losers on the list are reality TV shows and more people getting tattoos. For instance, over 60% say reality TV is a change for the worse. (In that instance, I say: Amen.)

But, what’s up your opinion of these changes? Do you agree that they were changes for the worse?

What did Pew miss in its survey? Any other technological or social changes that you hated?


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