7 Habits of Highly Annoying People

2014. It’s a new year (Happy New Year, by the way).  Time for a new you, right?  I’m personally not one for New Years resolutions – I’d rather go do something if I need to do it, and not wait for a specific date to start some crazy trend so I can quit it two weeks later (don’t give up on your resolutions though!).  But in the spirit of self-improvement, and new years, I’m posting my list of 7 habits of highly annoying people.  Unlike the famous book of habits of effective people, these are habits you should reduce or remove from your life.  Please note I’m not pointing out any one specific person or reader of this blog – I probably don’t know you.  But if you feel like something on this list describes you, then do yourself and the people around you a favor, and work on eliminating the habit.  I try to check myself as well and I have to work on some of this stuff too.

Instead of reading and comprehending they ask questions

The world does not owe you explanations. Put forth your own effort to answer your questions.  “Oh, you didn’t get that email? Yeah you did. Go read it.”  Of course it makes sense to seek out experts if the situation requires, but for the small questions where the information is available to you, try to be more independent and proactive in answering your own questions.

Always have to be right

No one is infallible. Step outside yourself and analyze the  situation objectively.  This one is tough to do but so vital to healthy relationships with family, friends, and acquaintances.

Talking over other people / interrupting / finishing sentences

It shows a lack of respect for other people when you interrupt them.  Try to focus on listening when others are talking.  You might be surprised how much more you can get out of a conversation when you allow others to express full thoughts.

Injecting themselves into conversations or situations

Flowing into a conversation naturally is not bad. But if you always have to join when other people are talking, even when you have no idea what they are talking about and have to ask them to explain everything they have mentioned… then just mind your own business, KTHXBAI.

Lack of cell phone etiquette

This includes loud, obnoxious,  and/or repetitive noises on cell phones (particularly in places that are otherwise quiet), texting during dinner, having long or loud phone conservations in close proximity with other people, and many other things I probably forgot.  But PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD TURN OFF THE DAMN KEYBOARD SOUNDS.

Not listening in a one-on-one conversationn

Seems like common sense but if you are distracted by something during a conversation, let the other person know to give you a moment instead of letting them talk while you just don’t listen.  If it’s not important enough for you to listen the first time, don’t ask people to repeat it for you.

Racist /Sexist /Classist / Whatever-ist comments

Chances are you are not better (in the eyes of God or other people) than that group you like to put down. Spare other people the jokes that seemed oh so clever at the time.

I’m sure there are plenty of other habits that annoy you – let us know in the comments what habits you think people should work on and how to work on them (anonymously of course).  Spread the word and we can help each other improve in this new year.