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News Flash! Whining Is the Most Annoying Sound

whining most annoying sound

The scientific community has confirmed what parents have known all along – whining is the most annoying sound ever.  Really?  You needed a study to confirm this?  Apparently, as compared to other annoying noises, when study participants tried to do math while listening to whining they got it all wrong. It’s a good thing I’m not sitting here trying to do calculus.  Time states:

The results? Whining tripped up subjects with their subtraction more than any other sound. “You’re basically doing less work and doing it worse when you’re listening to the whines,” said study co-author Rosemarie Sokol Chang, a professor of psychology at SUNY New Paltz. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a woman, everybody’s equally distracted.”

All kidding aside, there’s probably a strong evolutionary reason for this.  If our kids are whining, we need to see if everything is ok.  The problem is that kids whine about EVERYTHING – not just a potential danger.

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