Pet Peeves: Daily occurrences that disrupt our lives

Austin B.

Assistant Editor

In life, people are constantly experiencing behaviors and characteristics that really bother them. The world is full of aspects that seem to exist simply to make people go crazy with frustration. How many times have you been bothered by something so much that you wanted to yell? Time and time again we bite our tongues rather than speak our minds; that ends here.

One of the most frustrating traits a person can have is being boring. I think I speak for the majority of people when I say that anyone who is unable to hold a conversation over the phone or over text instantly becomes someone who I do not want to talk to. It is quite easy to keep a conversation alive for those who are interested and engaged in what is being said. In order to show interest, do not come back with simple responses such as the following: “Yeah,” “Lol,” or “Haha.” I repeat: DO NOT respond with a saying like that. When running out of things to say, just throw some words together; it does not even really have to make sense just as long as it is more interesting than a one-word response. Moral: make an effort to not be boring because when you are boring over the phone, you will ultimately be boring in person, so people will cancel plans with you often.

When making plans, be sure that you actually want to participate in said events. It is extremely frustrating to someone who wants to cancel plans when it is already too late to do so. While one of the members of the plan may be thrilled to attend, the other may have come to the conclusion that he or she would rather eat dog food and therefore want to cancel. However, it is also very irritating when someone cancels plans that you actually were looking forward to. Sophomore David Schwieger states that this is his biggest pet peeve, saying, “When I make plans, it’s usually because I want to spend some time with that person, so when they cancel, it’s like, ‘Okay, I wasn’t planning on having a good time or anything.’” Essentially, the moral of the story is this: be careful what you plan, and with whom, because later you may come to the conclusion that it was a horrible idea from the beginning; on the other hand, do not cancel plans unless absolutely necessary because the majority of the time, it comes off as obnoxious and rude. However, there are some occasions when it is best to not cancel, such as a doctor’s or dentist’s appointment.

Taking a trip to the dentist is a very irritating and sometimes even worrisome. Many people dread going to the dentist, so the last thing they want is to be frustrated by the dentist’s attempt to hold a conversation. It is reasonable to make conversation before beginning dental work, or even after the procedure has been completed and the patient’s mouth has just been worked on would be acceptable, but not during the procedure. In no way is it rational for a dentist or a dental hygienist to attempt to chat with me while his or her hands are in the process of violating my mouth. Naturally, if I am asked a question, I will respond; unless the dentist really wants to be bitten during my attempt to reply, no questions should be asked. Moral: do not ask me questions with your hands in my mouth, unless your fingers have a death wish.

Another public annoyance is when you are getting your hair cut, and the person who is cutting it is inconsiderate of anything besides the cut. I can fully understand not wanting to slip up and make a mistake, but other factors play into whether or not I would recommend someone else to pay for a service from this shop. If the person cutting my hair is constantly breathing in my face or on my neck, I instantly become uncomfortable. The client sitting in the chair is prevented from moving by the fact that every little motion could cause a slip of the scissors, and ultimately a bad haircut. When having someone cut my hair, it is horrifically bothersome to have that person breathing in my face; whether the breath smells bad or not, it is weird and frankly gross to have a stranger doing such a thing. Sophomore Jacob Beckham agrees, “I hate getting my hair cut because I always walk out feeling like I was just breathed all over; it’s weird.” There should be some sort of rule against this type of problem; I am paying to have my hair cut, not to be forced to be a breath tester. Moral: if you are going to be a barber, do not make it an awkward experience for the customer.

Many different features of life can drive us up the wall; it seems as if a list of our pet peeves was handed to everyone in the world, just to make daily life that much more frustrating. The easiest way to get through all of the constant annoyances is to speak what you are thinking, as opposed to holding back, but try to be nice about it, because rude people is a pet peeve of many.

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