Monthly Archives: October 2015

Classroom Pet Peeves


Have you ever noticed that one of the worst places to learn is a classroom? When we understand what bothers the people around us we can avoid specific behaviors and enhance the learning atmosphere. As normal human beings, we typically don’t pursue relationships with the people that drive us nuts. Focusing on pet peeves that many people have with their peers in the classroom will make people aware of annoying behaviors. If you feel like you’ve been getting death glares from your fellow classmates, these tips will come in handy.

The Nuisance of Noise

According to Catie Simpson on her blog, any form of unnecessary noise will irritate most students. People that talk during class are considered disrespectful and disruptive. Not only do they prevent themselves from learning the class material, they also hinder those around them from paying attention. Any potential side conversations should wait until after the class is finished or another appropriate time.

The Psychology Department at Georgia Southern University had a discussion between students and professors to analyze different pet peeves. Despite popular belief, there is such a thing as a dumb question. When the teacher clearly explains a topic and there are multiple questions about minor or unnecessary details, it wastes class time. Also if the question only pertains to an individual circumstance, be considerate to others in the class by asking the question outside of class time.

Other noises are more difficult to control but they remain a pet peeve to many people. Coughing, for instance, is an understandable illness that can make it hard to resist the urge to cough in public. According to popular blogger Jeannie Crofts, coughing creates tension and disgust from the healthy individuals that are around the person with an illness. Do us all a favor and stay home to recover.

Learning doesn’t have to be a grueling experience. Instead, we can enjoy a classroom setting as we follow basic social norms.


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Posted by on October 29, 2015 in Uncategorized


Driving Etiquette

Social norms for driving can be confined into two basic categories. The importance of obeying traffic laws and being a defensive driver. As long as a person conforms to these principles, driving etiquette will be achieved.

Obey the Laws

In order to obey the laws we need to have an understanding of what the laws even are. Considering that there are multiple traffic laws, we’re only going to focus on a few that will improve the driving quality of the public.

There is no such thing as multi tasking. A person that thinks they can text, eat, shave, or put on eyeliner while driving is only putting themselves and others at risk. Although it may seem like a simple task, it takes your attention away from the road and surroundings. According to, distraced driving caused the deaths of 3,154 people in 2013.

The speed limit is there for a reason so follow it. It’s acceptable to go as much as five miles over the speed limit without the risk of a ticket. According to the Nebraska Department of Roads, creating a speed limit requires a meticulous and calculated process. A person that speeds ten miles faster than the speed limit only saves about two minutes for every ten miles. So it’s not worth risking a ticket or lives to speed.

Defensive Driving

According to the National Safety Council, “motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death and injury in the workplace and the cost of a single accident could easily exceed $1.4 million. A defensive driver safety program can reduce risk and keep people safer on the road”.

Be aware of your surroundings and be cautious of other drivers. Always be prepared for worse-case scenarios like cars stopping suddenly, children running into the street, or bad weather. Tailgating causes many preventable car accidents so don’t do it. Avoid tailgating other vehicles to protect yourself from other reckless or impatient drivers.


Understand that people aren’t perfect; mistakes and accidents happen all the time on the road. Don’t let road rage get the best of you! Or you could end up like the man in this YouTube video that unknowingly antagonized Evander Holyfield. Follow these guidelines and help keep the roads a safe place.

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Posted by on October 16, 2015 in Uncategorized