You know what pisses me off? People who talk loudly on their phones in public, that’s what. Especially when it’s a crowded bus or train and you can’t move anywhere else.
Sometimes they seem to be doing it deliberately. It’s like they know everyone within earshot is being forced to listen. Why do they do this? Does it make them feel important and busy? Or are they just completely oblivious and self-absorbed?
Dear Cranky Commuter,
It’s a proven fact. Credible, scientific, peer-reviewed studies have shown again and again that the people who talk loudest on public transport have the most boring lives.
But you don’t need credible, scientific, peer-reviewed studies to tell you this. Just listen to some of the verbal diarrhoea coming out of their mouths.
It’s actually the quiet ones you have to watch. Or rather, listen to. The people who look embarrassed when their phones ring in public and who try to talk discretely and in a really low voice. Sometimes they talk so low you have to stand right next to them to hear anything. But be careful not to freak them out or put them on their guard. Just gently scratch the back of their neck to show you’re not some eavesdropping pervert.
With kind regards,