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Singaporeans less gracious this year

Singaporeans were less gracious this year as compared to the year before, according to the latest Graciousness Index.

The latest Graciousness Index, an annual study that tracks the perception and experience of kindness and graciousness in Singapore, showed a decline compared to last year, falling eight points to 53.

The study, commissioned by the Singapore Kindness Movement, found that respondents felt that they were experiencing significantly fewer acts of kindness and graciousness in Singapore over the past 12 months when compared to the same period the previous year.

Across the board, respondents who said that they have been on the receiving end of graciousness fell from 65% in 2012, to 41% this year. They also reported doing fewer acts of graciousness, dropping from 83% to 62%.

Perceptions of overall graciousness, however, did not drop as sharply. Although there is a slight dip of 0.4 points to an average of 5.8 this year, many still perceive Singapore as a kind country and would like the society to be a more gracious one.

Commissioned by the Singapore Kindness Movement, the index also said only half of respondents has witnessed a random gracious act this year -- a drop from close to three-quarters of respondents last year.

Although the overall perceived graciousness rating fell 0.4 points to 5.8 this year, the survey concluded that most behaviour-related ratings remained generally stable.

One in five rated Singapore as having improved on its overall graciousness levels. The best performing pillar went to courtesy, with a gain of 0.3 points. The pillar was the lowest-performing one last year.

Besides graciousness and courtesy, the other two pillars of perception are consideration and gratitude.

The survey also reviewed qualitative improvements from respondents, such as commuters giving up seats to those in need and making space to accommodate incoming passengers on board public transport. Most respondents rated Singaporeans' behaviour in acts of courtesy as between “good” and “excellent”.

The top suggestion by respondents to improve kindness was to foster neighbourliness. Respondents showed concern towards gracious behaviour on social media, with a general agreement of the need to express more views online but not enough recognition of the need to be gracious on the Internet.