10 Annoying Habits of Other People That Have a Reasonable Explanation

Irritation is the feeling that people in big cities have almost every day. Slow-walking pedestrians, people cracking their joints, other passengers on public transport that try to look at your phone — any of these things can cause us to get annoyed in a matter of seconds.

1. Leaving dishes dirty

Nobody likes doing dishes. Dan Carlson, an assistant professor of family and consumer studies at the University of Utah, says that doing the dishes, unlike some other household chores, like cooking or gardening, is not rewarding. This is why people are not very enthusiastic about doing it. They sometimes even try to do different things to avoid washing dishes — for example, they leave a piece of food in the pan to give themselves an excuse.

But there is also a different explanation, especially if doing dishes is the only problem. The thing is, after we eat food, especially meat, chicken, cheese, and eggs, the body produces serotonin that tells the brain it is time to take a nap.


2. Spending a lot of money for show

Don’t criticize the people that always want to leave more tip than is necessary to demonstrate their financial wealth. They might have some serious psychological problems.

Showing off may be a defense mechanism for deep-seated fears. The people that love demonstrating (or even imitating) their superiority, probably lacked their parents’ attention and care in their childhood.


3. Talking on the phone loudly in public places

Today, it is believed to be bad manners to answer a call when you are surrounded by other people. You are essentially making them listen to your conversation, even though they don’t want to.

For some reason, we hate other people’s phone conversations more than regular conversations. There is a theory that suggests that when we detect someone talking on the phone, our brain switches to the “dialogue mode” and tries to predict the next phrase. But because we don’t hear one half of the conversation, the regular pattern doesn’t work and we end up feeling uncomfortable.

And the people talking on the phone in public feel satisfaction because they are sharing their emotions with others and their bodies are producing dopamine, which is an important part of the body’s reward system.


4. Sending voice messages on messengers

The problem and the biggest irritation factor about voice messages is that they are very convenient for the one who sends them and often really inconvenient for the recipient. Sometimes, we have to listen to them several times to get all the information necessary.

There are situations where voice messages are more appropriate than texts, for example, when the tone matters. Also, don’t forget that the number of phone calls is rapidly declining every year. 25% of British people that own smartphones don’t use them to make calls. This is because millennial are afraid of phone calls.