My Biggest Tech Peeve? Noise Pollution

My Biggest Tech Peeve? Noise Pollution

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Taryn Williford
Jul 28, 2010

I'm not annoyed when I have to watch somebody type "www" into an address bar. It doesn't bother me too much to sit through mandatory previews to watch a new DVD (that's "mandatory popcorn-making time," to me). But if I can hear two different songs playing within earshot—well I'll be a complete unfocused, neurotic mess until I can tune one out.

It kills me to have two different songs playing at the same time. And until you begin to develop my pet peeve, you'll never understand how often that happens.

Sometimes in the office, I can hear soft music playing from more than one of my co-workers' desks. While I love both The Isley Brothers and U2, I do not want to hear an impromptu collaboration.

And at home, it's not uncommon for my boyfriend and I to have music playing throughout the apartment. But if he decides it's time to shop for ring tones on iTunes, he knows to turn off the main music before he plays a single clip.

Having more than one song playing at once messes with my focus, taking all of my attention off of what I was doing an on to the random symphony that's playing in the background. Music is usually calming, but too much is definitely a bad thing.

A quick survey of friends revealed that nobody else has quite the same aversion to multiple play lists as I do. But I'd like to think I'm not alone. Do any of you share my two-sings-is-too-much pet peeve?

Do any of you have different tech peeves of your own? Tell us in the comments!

(Top image: photo illustration, using an image from Picassa, licensed for re-use. Inside image: DIY Munny Doll Speakers from fungus amungus at Instructables.)

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