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Despite cartoon's portrayal, Denver children not really rude, study shows

David Heitz
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By David Heitz / NewsBreak Denver

(Denver, Colo.) When Americans think about rude children one of the first images that comes to mind is the crew from the hit television show "South Park."

The children say shockingly inappropriate things and often speak poorly of their parents and their friends’ parents. And it all takes place in a mountain-adjacent community with a restaurant named Casa Bonita.

But despite the cartoon portraying the children as inconsiderate, a recent survey shows that’s not really true of Denver children.

Take this with a grain of salt: The company that conducted the survey operates online solitaire games. Parents often turn to these games when being ignored or harassed by their children, according to Solitaired.

Denver finished 20th of 28 cities surveyed about rude children. Philadelphia, San Francisco, and New York have the nastiest kids, according to the survey.

The survey showed that half of all rude children direct their smack toward their parents. Solitaired interviewed more than 1,400 Americans in April. Respondents were between the ages of 18 and 76 and represented both genders equally.

Denver teens absorbed by phones

Denver did rank in the top three cities for 13- to 17-year-olds absorbed by their phones. The Mile-High City finished third in that category.

According to the survey, being engrossed in their phone is one of the rudest behaviors a 13- to 17-year-old can display. Other offenses included using profanity and playing music too loud.

For children 5 to 8, their rudest behaviors include disobeying rules, not saying "please" and "thank you" and making a mess. For children 9 to 12 rude behaviors include being obsessed with their phones, playing music too loud and not saying hello.

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