1. I’m a big fan of quiet – our library has children’s day each week – I avoid it like the plague – libraries are supposed to be quiet havens! I work for a surgeon and we have the only waiting room in the group without a TV – I don’t miss it at all. There is so much background noise now that you really do notice those precious moments of quiet – glad you got some at the supermarket 🙂

    • Laurie Stone

      Leanne, Funny you say that about the library. The other day I went to read in mine and ran smack-dab into toddler time! Too noisy, ended up leaving. Also, so nice to think there’s a waiting room on this planet without the squawk of a tv.

  2. Yep. The world is definitely noisier! I don’t stay in a store where the music is loud. Shopkeepers should take note. I stay longer when the music is soothing. And I HATE a restaurant where we can’t visit comfortably.
    Hate! Hate! Hate!
    Calm now . . .

    • Laurie Stone

      Diane, I’m the same way, very noise-sensitive. I’m hoping “quiet” will be a new trend. Fingers crossed.

  3. I NEED quiet to think and work efficiently. Too much noise is a big stressor for me when I have a lot on my to do list. I quickly EXIT noise-polluted areas on hectic days to regain my balance and peace.

    • Laurie Stone

      Darlene, I’m with you — very noise-sensitive. It may come with being sensitive, introverted, writer types. We need quiet to think.

  4. The world is getting noisier – to the point that silence makes us all take notice. I never understood those who couldn’t work without music or a TV going in the background. I can’t concentrate if there are too many distractions and I don’t enjoy eating and paying for a meal during which I had to shout to be heard.

    I hope you said something to the manager of that grocery store so he/she knows that you appreciated the quiet.

    • Laurie Stone

      Janis, Great idea about telling the manager how nice the quiet is. Never thought of that. Sounds like you and I are very much alike.

  5. Hi Laurie! I do think we are addicted to noise–but most of the time that addiction is really just a distraction. I think we fill our moments with busy-ness and stuff so that we don’t have to actually consider what is happening in our world or our lives. Until we are willing to be alone and content with ourselves we will likely just keep the music (or TV) playing. Good for you for noticing the difference. ~Kathy

    • Laurie Stone

      Kathy, I agree, I try and be more present at home. Its in the outside world with its constant blaring televisions that drive me crazy. Why can’t we have quiet anymore, especially in waiting rooms? I just don’t get it.

  6. I’ve had the same experience at the grocery store, Laurie. I’m trying to figure out when the ‘music black outs’ are so I can go during that timeframe. I believe there are studies that show people buy more or move along faster while they shop depending on the type of music playing. So there is some science backing the sound in stores. But I’m with you. I feel much more serene with quiet and don’t like to have music blasting everywhere. Especially music I have not chosen. I can’t stand TV in the background at home or away, so I don’t appreciate that coming at me against my will either.

    • Laurie Stone

      Molly, That’s it — the noise that’s against our will. Even at home I prefer quiet, where my husband Randy loves music. Even if its soft music, I can’t work with it on. Crazy. Glad I’m not the only one!

  7. Sue

    Thank you!! I thought I was the only one…..I find many places are way to loud-and the penchant for always being connected does not help. I don’t need to hear someone’s entire life story-or the latest potty training/sick kid/etc) story.

    • Laurie Stone

      Sue, So funny. I was in a nice little coffee shop today and the music blaring would’ve fit into Madison Square Garden. It was so loud. Glad I’m not the only one who feels this way.

  8. It’s definitely not just you. I can’t stand it. My daughter was so embarrassed when I begged a store clerk once to please turn the music down. I don’t understand it either, but I think they do it so you can’t think. Can’t think about what you’re spending at least at stores, but if its too loud I will leave. I just can’t take it.

    • Laurie Stone

      Rena, Sounds like a possible theory. We can’t escape noise in this society and you’re right. I don’t think they want us to think.

  9. Chantelle

    Love this post! I’m sound sensitive and when the volume turns up in the shops, especially the fitting rooms… I just leave everything and go home.
    One day I can work whilst listening to ACDC and next day I can’t focus with any noise around me. Our brains have their own unique way of working!

    • Laurie Stone

      Chantelle, I can’t work with any noise on. My husband can’t work in silence. You’re right, we’re all wired differently and I love the term “noise sensitive.” Its a perfect description.

  10. Its interesting because I have been trying to break myself of the habit of background noise when I am at home. However, I have a toddler, so even when there is not a tv or something on, there is always noise. One night recently, he spent a night with Grandma and the house was SO QUIET. It actually felt strange. Thats when I knew the background noise was an addiction

    • Laurie Stone

      Lisa, I get in the mood for quiet too at home, but then start craving music or something. Its the noise that’s forced on us in public that makes me crazy.

  11. I crave quiet. I like to wake up early so that I can have quiet time to myself. I even bribe my husband with coffee on his days off so he’ll stay in bed. Why? He’s a morning talker. I used to work in a call center. Aaargh! Noise all the time. We even had noise canceling units installed. You know what those are? White noise machines that damp down the noise everyone is making so you can only hear what’s close to you. Sounds like a loud AC unit. It was better than hearing over 500 people talking at the same time. But it was such sweet relief to walk outside the building.

    • Laurie Stone

      Jennifer, I think I’d go crazy working in a call center. I give you credit. There’s something so soothing in quiet and never having that, would be hard.

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