This does not come from a place of bitterness or pettiness but rather as a friend who points out when you have something in your teeth. We realize that in a room full of humans – who have their own unpleasant needs and idiosyncrasies – we need to be patient and tolerant of pretty much everything, but a lot of people do easily avoidable things that they may not realize is actually really annoying.
1.) Cracking your knuckles. When you stretch your fingers, it creates more volume in the capsule holding the synovial fluid surrounding your joint. This decreases pressure and makes the gases dissolved in the fluid become less soluble. A bubble is formed, which when burst, causes the familiar pop. It is also gross and distracting. Crack ‘em up all day outside of class, but can you really not get through an hour and a half without messing with those synovial fluids? It is just not a good habit to practice at any time.
2.) Surfing the internet on your laptop. This is incredibly distracting to those behind you. We’ve seen Redditors typing away, people shoe-shopping and the inevitable Facebookers. We’ve unfortunately seen some vulgar and gross stuff, too. We realize the temptation is there, but at least do something like doodling that won’t bring everybody else into your slacking.
3.) Kicking someone’s chair. We realize that you may do it accidentally when shifting or something, but there are people out there that do it constantly and seem to have no idea that someone can feel every kick and nudge of their chair. That and chair-pushers. If you’re seven feet tall, then maybe some slack can be given, but if not, then you have no excuse for ruining the proper lumbar support of the person in front of you.
4.) Taking up both armrests. You get the armrest on the side your table is on. If you want both, then sit alone. If you’re next to another person, then it’s give and take. It’s like living with our roommates: Both of you must make an effort to accommodate each other, otherwise confrontation is sure to ensue.
5.) Moving your head from side to side every few seconds when you’re blocking someone’s view. This one might not be obvious, but when you’re sitting in front of someone and blocking his or her view of the professor, it’s inconsiderate to constantly rock your head from side to side so that the person behind you must constantly shift to compensate. Pick a position and stick with it as much as you can so the person behind you can find their own position.
6.) Talking while the professor is lecturing. OBVIOUSLY! It always seems to happen near the back row, though that is admittedly anecdotal. In any case, talking is probably the most distracting thing you can do. No one else wants to hear your condescending comments about the professor’s lecture, how much the lecture is pointless or whatever random topic you feel like talking about. When class starts, please just do the job you — or your parents — are paying a significant sum to do. If you don’t want to, at least let all the others who disagree with your assessment of the lecture’s frivolity have a chance to do their job.
Is there anything else that especially annoys you in class? Comment below!
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