is noise. Real estate firm Trulia surveyed users about “neighbor pet peeves” and found that noise was the number one pet peeve, and that millennials were more likely to complain about noise than Gen Xers and Baby Boomers. In fact, the survey showed that 83% of millennials identified noise as their biggest pet peeve, while only 71% of Gen Xers and 54% of Baby Boomers did. So much for the belief that noise is something that only older people complain about. it would be interesting to survey millennials about noise in restaurants, bars, and coffee shops, since restauranteurs apparently believe that loud restaurants are bustling, convivial, and perceived as “lively and successful,” rather than uncomfortable, challenging, and painful.
So what is the number one complaint? You guessed it–noise. What will the response be from restauranteurs? If the past is any indication, nothing. Until people refuse to eat at restaurants that serve a side of tinnitus with their meal, nothing will happen. We at Silencity believe in voting with your wallet. If enough people ask that music be lowered or complain to the manager about noise, eventually something will be done. So be sure to tell the owner or manager why you won’t be returning to their restaurant or why you’ll pass on a table. And while we wait for restauranteurs to react, go to our sister site, Quiet City Maps, and let them help you find a relatively quiet restaurant, bar, or coffee shop in noisy New York City.