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In a message dated 97-12-16 02:12:29 EST, Bob S writes:
>So, are people bothered but reluctant to complain -- or just not
>bothered at all?
This is a tough question. Again it makes me think of how
things have changed with cigarette smoke. Many of us
didn't used to be "bothered" when someone lit up on an
elevator. That was because we took for granted the smokers'
presumed "right" to light up anywhere he felt like it. After
all, it was his body and his cigarettes. Those of us who
didn't like it endured our suffering in silence. Smokers ruled.
Now things have changed and smokers are on the defensive.
That is exactly where they should be.
As for your question, some of it might be explained by the
fact that people don't like to admit to being powerless. Rather
than admit that they hate the noise but don't know how to
stop it, they just pretend the noise doesn't bother them.
It might take some skilled behavioral science interviewing
techniques to get to the root of the matter.
It also might be true that some of us are just more sensitive
to noise than others.
-- Michael Wright
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