Ever feel like your office is a little too loud and distracting? Or have those moments when you're at home and you think it's quiet, but then you start to hear the hum of the refrigerator and the low rumble of distant traffic? Maybe you'd like a holiday to the quietest place in the world - though be warned, you're probably not prepared for what total silence does to the human brain.
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When I walk into my local cycling studio, the music is at a level that's easy to talk over. But once the instructor clips in, the volume goes way up. The sound fills your ears, so you can't hear the person next to you breathing heavy. You feel like you're inside the song, which helps you to really feel its energy. Perfect volume, right?
Dear Lifehacker, our neighbour has a drone equipped with a camera. We have not given him permission to film our residential property and have previously told him we feel it's an invasion of our privacy. Today at approximately 3pm, he was within one metre of our rear deck (not visible from street). In addition to possibly filming us, the drone was quite noisy. Is this noise pollution? Is it trespassing? An invasion of privacy? Please help!
A global survey into the effectiveness of open plan offices has found that most workers believe they are noisy environments that hamper productivity. Around half of respondents admitted they regularly used quiet meeting rooms or elected to work from home to avoid office racket. What do you think is the worst thing about open plan working environments?
We've previously pointed out tools like SimplyNoise for the generation of white noise to drown out other sounds. The Scientific American suggests that, for some workers, steady background noise might actually increase stress levels and impair working memory.