Who are you calling thin skinned? This offends me greatly!
Suck it up, Americano!
I knew it!
I really hope we're not terminal. We're such a young nation.
I'd say I agree with Jim (no surprise). But that is the thing. I don't believe that we are more or less thin skinned (well, maybe less). I think that individuals are less geographically isolated from ideas and cultural differences. This cause people to encounter other ideas and people more often than what has likely ever been the case. From air travel to the internet, we have increased the size of our melting pot while making it easier to abrade against many more ideas that differ from what we know locally.
And after typing this, I see Kris makes a similar point. Bah!
I suspect humans have always been thin-skinned. My extensive reading of history taught me that. Christians, because their idiocy has not been much mocked and scorned here (the Corporate States of Amerikkka), are especially prone to taking offense, Screw 'em, say I.
Oh yes, especially minorities and women (who are actually a majority often treated like a minority). It's become so easy to unintentionally offend people who are actually looking to be offended.
Just today I was riding my bike to an appointment across the river. The gates went down to prevent traffic from using the bridge while it went up to let a boat pass under it. Another rider took it personally and was giving the finger to the bridge operator. WTF!
In a somewhat related way, people (some of them here!) hide behind the anonymity of their handles and icons to be abusive in a way that might get them punched in the chops in a more personal real-life situation. They are probably cowards in everyday life.