Daily Prompt: Irksome

via Daily Prompt: Irksome

I find unnecessary noise irksome. It jangles my nerves, startles me, and pisses me off when I’m absorbed in writing, reading a book or lost in a daydream.

Why disturb the quiet with unneeded racket? Why slam a door when closing it quietly is just as effective? Why speak loudly when the person you’re speaking with is within whispering distance?

Perhaps these annoying sounds serve the purpose of bringing attention to the noise maker, who may believe they deserve frequent acknowledgement, validation of their existence, and copious amounts of attention from others.

Feeling ignored? Make an unnecessary noise so others around you will look up, with an annoyed, alarmed, or curious expression on their faces, in search of the source of that noise – you – and for a brief moment, you get the attention you so desperately crave. It doesn’t matter whether it is negative or positive – it is attention. Do it often enough and its effectiveness wears off. People start to wonder whether noisemaking is indicative of a more serious issue you may have.

Here is the bottom line: Making noise that does does not enhance the space we occupy is irksome, so put a cork in it.


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