50 Things You Do Everyday That Annoy Other People
Stop tapping your feet and smacking your gum, you sidewalk texter!
Everyone out there has a bad habit or two. But for many of us, they’re not quite as obvious as sneaking the occasional cigarette or peppering your language with more curse words than polite company dictates. In fact, with the exception of a precious few, virtually everyone has a laundry list of seemingly inconsequential—yet ultimately highly annoying—habits that are so deeply ingrained they forget they’re doing them.
Think this doesn’t apply to you? Think again. Herein, you’ll find a definitive list of annoying things people do that few would be eager to admit.
We all have days when we’re eager to share a personal victory, but don’t know how to bring it up without sounding like we’re patting ourselves on the back. Unfortunately, in many cases, what comes out is worse: the humblebrag, or “backdoor brag,” a way of boasting without outright saying what you’re proud of. For instance: “I had to hire a housekeeper because my new house is just too big for me to take care of alone.”
Not standing to one side on an escalator
Despite what many people seem to think, there are rules for using an escalator. Unless you really want to annoy other people, move to the right when you’re standing still, and stick to the left side if you’re walking up or down.
Starting an order with, “Can I get a…?”
Just because you’re in a rush to get your morning coffee doesn’t mean that’s an excuse to be rude. However, despite our best intentions, many of us still place an order—in cafés, in bars, in restaurants—with, “Can I get a…?” instead of the more polite, “May I please have…?”
Not holding the door for the person behind you
If someone holds the door for you, it’s your job to grab it and hold it for the next person. Unfortunately, when we’re in a rush, many of us forget about this crucial etiquette rule, leaving the person who held the door for us initially to play de facto doorman for another 10 people before getting a break.
However, you also don’t want to hold the door open for someone who’s too far away, forcing that person to speed up to receive your kind gesture.
Refusing to walk single-file on a crowded sidewalk
Sometimes, you’re so in love with a new significant other or so wrapped up in a conversation with your friends, you don’t want to stop walking in step with them. But this presents a very annoying situation for practically any pedestrian near you: They either have to slow down to walk at your pace or try to get around you (often to no avail).
Singing along to a song like you’re trying to win a Grammy
We all sing along to songs sometimes, regardless of our actual proficiency. However, the one thing more annoying than listening to someone’s off-key rendition of “Don’t Stop Believin'” is listening to them try to deliver an American Idol-worthy performance when the rest of you are just goofing off.
Not returning your shopping cart
Sure, we all have those times when bringing the cart back to the store seems like more trouble than it’s worth. That said, there’s virtually nothing more annoying than finding the perfect parking spot in front of a store only to realize it’s already occupied by someone’s runaway cart.
Talking ad nauseam about how busy you are
No matter what your job, your family situation, or your list of hobbies is, chances are, you consider yourself a pretty busy person. If you’re constantly talking about how busy you are, however, it comes across as the most annoying kind of humblebrag.
Looking at your phone when you’re talking to someone in person
Even in the throes of an engrossing conversation, the appeal of a phone sometimes simply proves to be too much. Unfortunately, this often leads to one of the more egregiously annoying habits out there: talking to someone who’s more interested in what’s going on on their phone.
Tapping your feet
Why is it that people in offices forget their manners with such shocking frequency? Tapping your foot under your desk does more than create distracting noise; it also has a tendency to shake whatever’s on your coworkers’ desks.
Parking too close to the line in a parking lot
We’ve all been there: You’re in a hurry to get into the store before it closes and you wind up parking your car a little too close to the line in the parking lot or, worse yet, over it. Unfortunately, when you do this, you might just be the one who pays the price—in dings or scratches on your precious ride.
Finishing a food item and putting the container back in the fridge
Whether it’s a forgetful habit or just a lazy one, we’ve all been guilty of putting an empty container back in the fridge after you’ve taken the last bite or sip, setting someone else up for disappointment down the line.
Reply all is a great function when you’re working on a group project or delivering information to your whole family in one fell swoop. However, in most settings, there’s no reason to deliver your response to everyone on an email chain—thanking your boss for your holiday bonus doesn’t need to be something the whole office sees.
Putting something back on the wrong shelf at the grocery store
So, you’re at the grocery store and you realized that you just bought the wrong kind of bread. What do you do? Unfortunately, for many of us, the answer is, “Stick it on any nearby shelf and hope someone finds it.”
Talking at the movies
We all get surprised and scared at the movies from time to time. That said, we all know better than to scream, “Don’t go in there!” at the screen—or at least, we should.
Wearing too much fragrance
It’s not always easy to know exactly what the right amount of cologne or perfume is, especially once you’re used to the smell of your signature fragrance. However, if you’re putting on more than a spritz or two—especially if you’re going to be in close quarters with others—you’re probably annoying someone.
Going to an express checkout with more than 10 items
C’mon. The sign overhead says 10 items! All you have to do is count up to 10! Why is this so hard?
Taking a phone call at the gym
It’s fine to talk at the gym, but taking a phone call is particularly annoying. The gym is a meditative space for plenty of people, meaning that petty argument you’re having with your spouse is just about the last thing they want to hear.
Not replacing the toilet paper roll
It takes mere seconds to replace a roll of toilet paper when you’ve used the last of it. If you leave an empty roll or just place a new one on top of the old one, make no mistake: You’re guilty of some seriously annoying behavior.
Humming along with a song in public
Just because your jam comes on doesn’t mean it’s time to sing along. However, there is one greater offense out there: humming. Nobody’s ever thought, “This song would sound so much better if it was kind of amelodic and had no words.”
RSVPing at the last minute
RSVP by dates are there for a reason. If you’re leaving your RSVP until the last minute or not RSVPing at all, you’re definitely holding up the hosts and possibly guaranteeing yourself a spot on next year’s “don’t invite” list.
Leaving the toilet seat up
Unless you think it’s hilarious to have someone else fall into toilet water, it’s time to start putting the toilet seat down—and the lid, too, for that matter.
Stopping short while walking
We’ve all had that moment of realization while walking where we remember something we needed to do and it stops us in our tracks. Unfortunately, it’s always pretty annoying for the person behind you who’s forced to suddenly navigate around you or risk bumping straight into you.
Fishing food out of your teeth
That corn kernel stuck in your teeth from earlier is annoying. The only thing more annoying? Watching you pick it out.
Listening to music on your headphones loud enough so other people can hear
It’s not always easy to tell how loud your music is when you’ve got your headphones on. The sound of the beat blasting out of someone else’s earbuds, however, is never short of incredibly irritating to hear.
Sniffing loudly instead of blowing your nose
Sometimes, you just don’t feel like blowing your nose. And while loudly honking into a tissue isn’t exactly cute, nonstop sniffing is infinitely more irritating to those around you.
Taking up both armrests
It’s totally understandable that you’d want two armrests—you do have two arms, after all. However, you never want to be the person who’s always stealing both sides. You get one to yourself, and the other’s for sharing.
Whether you’re slurping soup or taking big bites of a salad, we’ve all been guilty of eating loudly at one point or another. And if you’re a person who smacks their lips or kind of moans when something’s really delicious, someone out there is definitely annoyed by your dining habits.
Biking without obeying traffic signals
If you’re on a bike, you can kind of fudge the rules a bit when it comes to traffic signals, right? Not quite! You can’t choose to function as a pedestrian or a car, depending on which situation works in your favor. That’s the quickest way to becoming a traffic-causing, potentially injurious mess.
Blocking the sidewalk to get a photo
People will do virtually anything in pursuit of the perfect Instagram photo. Unfortunately, that often means taking up the entire width of a city block to do so, slowing down everybody in the process.
Typing in all caps
It’s sometimes hard to get your point across via text, leading to the inevitable annoyance of the occasional all caps message. That said, there are plenty of people who don’t seem to know how to turn off their caps lock at all, leading to strangely aggressive—and always irritating—forms of communication.
Texting while walking
Do texts sometimes come in when you’re on the sidewalk? Of course. Does it annoy your fellow pedestrians when you keep bumping into them because you refuse to look up from your phone? Also yes.
Somehow making every conversation about you
Everyone wants to talk about themselves—it’s just human nature. That said, if you find yourself talking about your personal life when you went over to a friend’s house to console them about a breakup or a death in their family, you’re definitely guilty of an annoying habit you should break, stat.
Trying to add to a line from the side instead of getting in the back
Lines are pretty simple: You stand one behind the next person until you reach where you’re going. That said, we’ve all been guilty of trying to add to lines in our own creative ways, whether that means creating a perpendicular line or deciding that the existing line is suddenly double-file or just straight-up cutting, which is frankly just rude.
Putting your bag on the seat next to you
A nice bag can cost more than a decent used car, and that sometimes means we baby our briefcases, backpacks, and purses a bit too much. And while this is a pretty annoying habit in any situation, it’s a particularly egregious one when you’re in a public space, allowing your bag to take up a seat.
Standing too close to other people in line
Just because you’ve mostly mastered the art of standing in line doesn’t mean you’re free of annoying in-line habits. Case in point: all of those people who will get so close to you in a checkout or check-in line that you can feel their breath on your neck.
Clicking a pen
It’s a shame that pens are so fun to click over and over, because there are few sounds more infuriating, particularly in close quarters like an office.
Leaving read receipts on
We’re well into the 21st century—there’s no excuse to keep your read receipts on at this point. Unless, of course, you’re just trying to make it clear to specific people that you’re not responding to their texts.
Not letting people off an elevator before you get on
It’s always annoying to find yourself waiting for what seems like an interminable amount of time to find an elevator you can squeeze yourself into. However, no matter how rushed you are, there’s no excuse not to let the people inside get off first.
Starting a sentence with “no offense”
If you start a sentence with “no offense,” you’re just queuing up some offensive thought. And unsurprisingly, it’s annoying!
We all have those days when we just can’t seem to get anywhere on time. That said, if you’re consistently late, it’s pretty annoying for all of those people waiting on you.
Posting vague status updates on social media
Commonly known as “vague-booking,” posting cryptic statuses on social media about your life has to be one of the most annoying habits of all time. Seriously, you took the time to write, “You know what you did,” but won’t tell any of your rapt audience? Come on!
Snapping your gum
Those who follow strict etiquette rules will tell you that chewing gum is a pretty major faux pas in the first place. If you’re also snapping it while you chew, you’re definitely making everyone around you annoyed, too.
Using overly-familiar nicknames
Those nicknames you have for your significant other and close friends are cute. Calling your coworker “sweetie” or “hon,” however, is nothing short of annoying.
Bringing pungent food to work
That batch of steamed broccoli or reheated salmon that you decided to bring to work has to be one of the greatest olfactory office offenses. There are few things more irritating—or nauseating—than having the entire office fill up with the scent of someone’s questionable cuisine.
Not wiping down the machines at the gym
We get it: You’re tired and a little distracted after a hard workout. That said, unless you’re trying to get yourself banned from the gym, it really is your responsibility to personally wipe your sweat off the machines.
Talking incessantly about your diet
Unless someone asks you about your diet, odds are they don’t really have much interest in hearing about it. Your friends probably get the gist of going vegan or ditching gluten. They don’t need you rattling off everything you ate last week.
Gushing about new relationships
Is new love special and magical? Of course! Is it really, really, really annoying for someone else to hear why you think your significant other has the world’s most perfect calves? Absolutely.
Keeping your phone’s sound on
While science has yet to confirm it, virtually anyone can attest to the fact that the sounds made by another person’s phone in public are at least 1,000 percent more irritating than the sounds made by their own devices.
Not being ready to order when you get to the counter
Sure, everyone gets flustered from time to time when they reach the counter after waiting in a long line. However, unless you’re consciously trying to annoy everyone behind you, there’s no reason to not know what you’re getting by the time you reach the front of the line—even if you can’t see the menu, this is what smartphones are for! And for more ways to be a more conscientious person, here are the 20 Best Ways to Be More Mindful at Work.
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