I was reading this article the other day about ‘noise’ and which noises annoy us more as humans? It was a short read but quite fascinating all the same and it did make me think about noise itself and what l can tolerate and what drives me bonkers?
My pet hate is ‘uncontrolled noise’ .. noise that l cannot prevent whatever l do … but equally the slightest tiny tick of a noise can drive me insane — like a dripping tap, that you can’t stop or little dogs yapping for no reason apart from the fact that they can, or the invisible car radios that sit outside my house in the street every evening. That muffled pulsating beat that vibrates out from vehicles waiting for their drivers to return from the Indian takeaway with their pre-ordered meals, or screaming kids having tantrums and noisy people full stop who seemingly don’t give a damn what time it is when they make noise, but do so because they can and because they are rude swines!
Not long back, maybe August/September time, my next door neightbours had a party of sorts and were playing music till well past 2am. They are not regular neighbours, because the house on the other side of me as opposed to Edward on the corner is not actually an owned house or a property rental but an Air BNB and they made a hell of a racket with very little concern for anyone else in the street.
I remember years ago, l used to drive my parents insane by making a clicking noise in my mouth with my tongue on the top of my mouth .. l made the noise when l was deep thinking … apparently it was classed as an autistic stim tic, although not back then .. then it was just a noise that my parents hated.
But today l live in a house that is constantly ticking because of all the clocks l have … as a noise it calms me, but Suze hates the ticking of clocks – many noises that people hate actually have the opposite effect on me …………
Above are some of my pet hates, other people hate things like scraping fingernails down the old chalkboards or balloons being scratched, electrical tools, a baby’s laughter, high pitched laughter, kids screaming in hysterical giggle fits, people chewing food noisily, stormy weather – honestly the list is remarkably long … but what l want to know from you is … what noises drive you insane the most?
Let me know below – Thanks.