Tag Archive: uncomfortable

The universal revulsion to the sound of fingernails on a chalkboard

Laura Geggel, Senior Writer at LiveScience, asks: Why Does This Sound Put You On Edge?

Short answer: “[T]his ear-splitting noise has the same frequency as that of a crying baby and a human scream, indicating that these sounds are tied to survival.”

Thanks to @QuietMark for the link.

Real estate survey shows number one complaint about neighbors

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.