Sometimes the only way to get through to someone is to be blunt. I do think people take offense to things more than before, partly due to how my parents generation raised my generation. No cut teams, no red pens, etc, because it may hurt someones feelings. I am more of a suck it up and deal with it type of person, I am never intentionally mean, but probably come across that way at times, mainly because I tend to treat people how I expect to be treated. Sometimes the truth hurts. I think it is much worse to be as sweet as pie to someones face and talk behind their back.