The other day my younger sister, who routinely phones me, made one of her attempts to talk to me but we weren’t able to have a conversation because I was in public sitting next to an L.A.P.- a Loud [fill in the blank] Person.
To her surprise, all of the noise pollution was coming from one source, who yours truly had the pleasure of sitting next to, not a group of people like she assumed.
Instead of the conversation revolving around things that affected my life or my sister’s, all the attention was focused on the annoyance that presently affected — well, anyone with an ear.
There is nothing wrong with wanting people to know who you are, but using the volume of your voice as a means to achieve your 15 minutes of fame is disgraceful. Have some dignity when you talk or laugh.
Sadly, some people like to broadcast their cell phone conversations, they even go as far as putting it on speakerphone. That’s terrific, now everyone gets to hear you and your best friend forever laugh about last night’s episode of whatever.
I have a tactic for ignoring people… it’s called earphones. But guess what, earphones aren’t effective when the decibels coming out of a person’s mouth exceeds the ones directly in my ear.
According to http://www.gcaudio.com/resources/howtos/loudness.html, people have normal conversations at 60-70dB while the loss of hearing becomes possible around 90dB.
That’s a little frightening to me. There is not much cushion between the volume of regular conversation and the volume at which a person begins to go deaf.
How many decibels were my sister and I being subject to the other day?
Where do noisy people come from anyway?
When someone answers that question we need to send federal troops there and have them protect and serve by eliminating the auditory nuances of the world.
People who are loud, for no reason whatsoever, are the worst.
Whenever there is a group of people there always seems to be that one ear sore in the pack. He or she just has to stand out. Loud people stand out all right, in a bad way.
It’s a major problem when an individual can speak over the music inside a nightclub.
I had a girlfriend once who loved to grab attention by being the loudest thing in the room. And she used to wonder why she never met my parents.
There aren’t any perks of always sounding like you are talking through a megaphone.
It will however possibly yield side effects such as: a lack of or loss of friends, resentment from everyone, and even excommunication.
If the police are quick to present tickets to people listening to deafening music, they should be hasty in fining loud talkers as well.
Loud talking sounds like disorderly conduct to me, and it should to you too.
Freedom of speech means you have the freedom to say what you want, not as loud as you want to say it.
Unless you are at a rally or cheering on your favorite sports team, be quiet.
If you are not talking to me, I do not want to hear you. Your conversation should be kept between you and your listener.
Here is a simple tip for loud mouth people: Talk loud enough so that only your intended audience hears you.
Siraaj Sabree is a senior newspaper journalism student from Miami. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.