We all have pet peeves or things that other people do that just irk us. Walking on campus is a daily struggle for me because I often find myself sighing at strange or rude things people do. There are certain things that simply perplex me and that need to stop immediately.
- Talking on your phone…with headphones?
I really don’t understand this at all. I often see people walking on campus with their headphones attached to their phone, and it seems like they’re talking to themselves–until I realize they’re holding a conversation on the phone. I’ve seen only one practical reason to do this.
One day, at a computer in the Bonnie, I realized a student next to me was talking on the phone while typing-with both hands. He was only able to do this because his headphones were plugged into his iPhone. To me, this was a very practical way to keep your conversation private but continue working.
Unfortunately, most of the time people are walking or even riding the bus. It’s so easy to hold your phone up to your ear while you’re walking or sitting. With your headphones in, it simply looks like you’re talking to yourself.
- Inappropriate interactions with other people’s dogs
It almost never fails: every time I walk my dog Roxy, someone calls or whistles to her. This wouldn’t bother me if it weren’t for the fact that Roxy is very easily distracted. One day, a passenger in a truck whistled to her and said something like “DOGGY!” Roxy proceeded to nearly rip my arm off in excitement as she lunged towards the truck, dragging me behind her. The passenger laughed as the truck drove away. Until the truck was out of her sight, Roxy continued to try to find the voice that took interest in her. This is incredibly rude because you never know what a stranger’s dog is like. Some dogs may not notice you at all, but this seemingly minor thing can make a simple walk a lot more frustrating.
I also witnessed an odd scenario at the dog park one day. It was warm, so there were plenty of dogs running about. Two gorgeous Siberian Huskies with blue eyes and pretty coats received a lot of attention. As the dogs ran and played, other dog owners in the park watched the dogs and would even pet them when they came close–which is perfectly acceptable. Then, I noticed something that I found odd. Two girls walking by the park stopped outside the fence. They didn’t have a dog with them, so they didn’t enter the dog park, but they watched one of the huskies as it ran about. The girls called to the dog and as other dogs ran to their voices, so did the husky. The girls proceeded to snap a couple of pictures of the husky and made comments about how pretty and cute he was.
This would be normal if they knew the owner of the dog. However, in my brain, snapping a picture of a complete stranger’s dog from the outside of a dog park fence is a lot like taking pictures of animals at a petting zoo–only creepy. Dog parks aren’t petting zoos or “cat cafes”. Dog parks are safe zones where dogs can interact with other dogs and run free without worries about running away. If someone walked up to me while I was walking Roxy and asked to take a picture of her, I’d likely be okay with it. But for someone to take a photo of a dog whose owner they don’t know, without said owner’s permission, is kind of creepy. I’m sure if the owner noticed the girls taking pictures he or she was probably not bothered by it, but I think it just goes to show that people have no filter for their actions.
Almost all of us have gotten stuck next to that kid who can’t seem to sit still in class. As a person with ADHD, I realize it can be extremely hard to sit still in a boring class.However, as a person with anxiety, that extreme fast-paced foot tapping makes me nervous.
I was sitting in class one day when I realized the ground around me was vibrating. It was then that I realized the girl next to me was violently shaking her leg, probably out of boredom. The more I tried to ignore it, the more violent it seemed to get. This may seem like a dumb thing to get annoyed with, but I couldn’t focus on what the professor was saying at all. I’m a very fidgety person- I chew my nails, wiggle my toes and even scribble in order to satisfy my boredom. However, when other people fidget so violently and noticeably, my attention span goes completely out the window–and in return I start fidgeting.
- Chewing loudly in a silent library
I get annoyed when the library is completely silent and someone has to come break up the silence. However, loud chewing is a whole new level of annoyance for me.
Recently I found myself in the library, focused intently on either writing or studying. Just as I was getting into my zone, a girl sat at the computer next to me and started chewing no, smacking– her gum. Luckily, she was only there for a moment. However, later that same week I found myself in a similar situation on the silent floor of the library.
I was sitting in silence, cramming for an astronomy test, when a girl started chomping on some chips. She was easily 50 feet away from me, but I could hear every crunch and smack of her lips.
I think it’s common sense that you close your mouth when you chew, but the fact that we were on the silent floor of the library really didn’t help her case.
- Playing music in public
This is another one of those things that completely perplex me. Working in a restaurant, I’ve noticed several people playing their own music off their phone while eating. This is irritating to me because it obviously disturbs other guests. I’ve also watched this phenomena in the Bonnie while eating lunch. Headphones aren’t that much of an inconvenience, but loudly playing your music that others may not enjoy is pretty inconvenient.
We all have pet peeves, but there are ways to make life easier for those around you. By simply being aware that the world doesn’t revolve around you and that you’re sharing space with others, you can make someone’s day easier to go through.