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Re: 1978 EPA Report
In a message dated 97-06-06 01:11:20 EDT, you write:
<< I know that Peter and yourself are convinced of this phenomenon. I am
not quite there yet. Presently I'd be more inclined to say that many
people are conditioned to noise and some may actually become obssessed by
Addiction is quite a bit stronger and implies certain withdrawal symptoms
are predictable. >>
I have had young people tell me that they cannot go to
sleep without the stereo turned on. Others admit that
they cannot study without the stereo. Look around at
all the joggers and roller bladers with stereo earphones.
Why do you think that stereos are always blasting at
places where young people hang out and work? They
are uncomfortable without this audio stimulation, and
the retailers know that there is money to be made by
accommodating their need. This has been a continuing
part of their environment since early childhood.
We can argue about whether to call it an addiction or
just a "noise habit." Whatever you want to call it,
I am convinced that there are many members of
modern societies -- mostly under 40 -- who are
uncomfortable in the absence of electronic audio
-- Michael Wright
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