Have you noticed your friends have fewer filters these days? As people age many seem to have problems with their speech filter. Some seem not to have one. Let me give you two examples.
A cousin in an assisted living facility was told by a table mate that she was an 'asshole.' Cousin was highly offended. Knowing cousin I'd say the assessment was probably accurate, but it would have been better received had the table mate filtered her choice of words.
In another life, when I was a 'church lady,' I taught a Sunday School class of the oldest women in the church. None of them were under 80. They were a hoot and we had a lot of laughs, BUT, they said some brutal things to each other. At first I was shocked but eventually learned to ignore it. There were a few really outspoken ladies and a few that never said a word, probably afraid to open their mouths.
This is one reason I do not look forward to living in a care facility. I'm known for being brutally honest but I don't always do well with criticism. I try not to put myself in situations where that occurs but I wonder about my own filter. Have I lost it?
I think as we age we decide we've also earned the right to say what we please. Young people are in an uncomfortable position when an older person delivers unfiltered criticism. Children and grandchildren are often wounded by the sharp words of a parent or grandparent.
Have you noticed a filter problem among your friends and family, or even yourself?