For years, we have been told that receiving the Holy Eucharist in the hand is a more adult way. But looking at what people do when they receive it shows that they are no better than children.
I have seen adults pop the Holy Eucharist in their mouths as they were poping a couple M&Ms. Others put it in, and then walk away like it was nothing.
For many, but not all, there is no reverence. And it seems to be getting worse.
In the Catholic Church in the US, with every restriction and tradition dropped -- no kneeling when receiving Communion; no kneeling until the tabernacle is closed; and, no reminding the congregation that the Mass is not over until the final blessing is given, and don't get me started with liturical dance -- there is less and less respect.
Now, there is word that the Vatican may reconsider the option of recieving the Body of Christ in the hand.
I cannot remember ever receiving Communion in the hand and I don't consider it to be a "less adult" way.