SURELY the world would be a better place if we were all able to have quiet moments in the day?
As it is, it’s often really hard to escape noise. The average office has its own kind of buzz – sometimes loud, sometimes quieter but always there. Then there is the odd loud person who conducts all conversations at the top of his or her voice.
Shop floors and industries are necessarily noisy and cars, while much less noisy than they once were, still have their own noises. Perhaps electric cars will eventually solve that one.
What I really object to is the sound level on TV. Actually, it’s sound levels plural as you can go from one programme to the next and the adverts will have you turning down the sound just to retain your hearing. Why do they have to be so loud? We can see what they’re offering anyway.
Most ordinary programmes are set at a reasonable level but sometimes, if people decide to mumble, you have to turn it up. Then, when you turn on the TV again, you’re assailed by mega-decibels because that’s the level it was at when it went off!
People now walk down the street shouting into their phones. If the traffic noise level is high, they simply shout louder but I’m sure it’s not just traffic that’s to blame as they shout anyway. I really don’t care about their private lives even though they insist on “sharing” with absolutely everyone.
We all know someone whose normal conversation level is set just below the sound of a 747 taking off. Whether it’s a hearing problem or just a longing to get their point across with emphasis, I’m sure there’s no need for it.
Sometimes, I just wish we could communicate by semaphore. Silently.