In the past being respectful to our elders was accepted and expected, however these days people need to gain respect at all levels of society.
Being present in the moment is a requirement for being respectful.
Being respectful is an integral part of role-modelling to others, and in turn, encourage others to also be respectful. Evidence from a study at the University of Minnesota highlights that in order for children to respect others, they must first be respected.
And I think that goes for anyone!