Why are people so annoyingly noisy?
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I think I like nosy people as much as I like pushy people. I have a co-worker who thinks that everyone’s business is her business (sound familiar?). Whenever I’m working at my corner of the desk, she always has to ask me what I’m working on, as if she were my boss or paying me my salary (and mind you, I’m technically above her on the food chain, but I’m not one to flaunt that tiny fact). Politely, I say that I’m working on X or Y, but what I really want to say is, “Keep your friggin’ nose in your own business and out of mine!”
I’m one of those people who has no interest in closely surveilling what other people are doing. I haven’t installed hidden cameras around my co-workers’ cubicles, I haven’t bought a pair of binoculars to spy on my neighbors, and I haven’t hacked into any of my girlfriends’ computers. I really have no desire or time to do those things, and at the risk of sounding selfish, I’d rather focus on living my own life than to find out the details of how other people live theirs. I could care less about the minutia of what others are doing, so I have difficulty in understanding the mindset of nosy people.
What motivates them to pry into the lives of others? Are they bored and seeking entertainment? Do they feel empowered being the keeper of knowledge? Are they looking for blackmail material to use at an opportune moment? According to some, nosy people are nosy because they want to compare themselves to others or because they want to feel superior to others through devaluing people. Seems to me that nosy people must be rather unsatisfied with with their own lives that they have a need to scrutinize others. That’s pretty sad, if you ask me (but nevertheless, their behavior is still annoying to the rest of us).
Well, whatever the reasons for their nosiness, I find nosy people rather irritating and wish they would get their act together, focusing more on what’s happening in their own nests than on what’s happening in the nests of others. Why can’t some people just quit being nosy and leave others in peace?