Are Annoying People Everywhere?

Every time I leave my house and enter into social settings that I am forced to be a part of, the grocery store, the library, my daughter’s school, etc. I become more aware of the lack of respect the general public has for each other and how annoying people have become.

Even the way people drive serves as proof that they feel like they are the most important person on the road.

As I write this I am sitting 5 feet from a woman who is running her mouth on her phone. I am at an aquatic center waiting for my daughter to get finished with her swim lessons and in the area we are allowed to wait, there are about 40 other parents and children sharing the space.

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The woman  5 feet from me is talking as loud as she can about complete nonsense, cursing, being completely disrespectful to everyone around her, including all of the kids in the room. She is a prime example of the typical person I see lately and I am unsure if the entire world is effected or if it is just Iowa.

For the last two years since I have lived here, I have become more and more anti-social. It seems there are annoying people surrounding me everywhere I go. It’s hard sometimes to start fresh and not hold what others have done against everyone else.

On the other side of the room is a lady with a toddler in a stroller that is yelling at the top of it’s lungs, not in a temper tantrum kind of way, just an annoying constant yell that makes me want to scream too! Nobody else seems to care, they must be used to this kind of public display of narcissism. All I can think about is how that toddler will be the girl on the phone in about 20 years talking so loudly because her entire life she was allowed to be the center of attention in every situation even when it was negatively effected others around her.

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I get a feeling inside of the anger just rising until it feels like it is going to literally boil over and pour out of me. I want to scream at these people.. I just can’t take annoying people anymore!

In most of the places I have lived the newspaper was full of stories that led me to believe this type of behavior was not tolerated anywhere else.

I know that there is no way that these people would survive one day in the ghetto, they would be taken out in minutes. I have decided that is the root of the problem, there has not been any consequences for their actions this far in their lives because they live in Iowa where people rarely break the law.

I would really appreciate your thoughts on the subject of annoying people. How do you deal with annoying people? Is this the typical scene all around this country these days or am I just paying the price for moving to an area with low crime?


  1. Robin+Rue+(@massholemommy) says:

    Sadly, YES, there are those annoying people everywhere. I don’t get how they don’t see that they are completely obnoxious and they’re acting completely inappropriately most of the time.

  2. Yup, annoying people are everywhere. Something that really irks me is when people smoke right outside doors to stores and restaurants. I have to walk through that with my children. It seriously bothers me. Put their health at risk fine – but not fine and my kids.

  3. There’s really nothing to do about annoying people – who are EVERYWHERE – except ignore them and go about your day, unfortunately.

  4. A friend of mine has a quote on her fridge that I love “I used to be a people person but people ruined that for me”. I totally agree. I hate being around people that much now. No one has any respect for others anymore. It’s really sad.

  5. I’m surprised at how annoyed I get at people. But I try not to let it bother me TOO much, I mean – it’ll only ruin my day.

  6. I try to just ignore and avoid as many annoying people as possible. For example, I probably would have moved as a result of the lady on the phone. As for the toddler, I know that sometimes you just can’t control how annoying they are. I’m sure the parent was embarrassed and fed up.

  7. Annoying people are going to be everywhere and anywhere, I’ve learned to just ignore it and move on. Can’t have them waste our time!

  8. There are definitely a lot of people without self-awareness. It’s awkward hearing other people’s personal conversations on the phone.

  9. That’s my biggest pet peeve whe in public. Some people just don’t have any regard to other people and would talk like they are alne in the building.

  10. Yep. Annoying people everywhere, and I do mean everywhere. I feel and think the exact same. It’s crazy. I can’t stand people who just don’t care and are clueless to everything and everyone around them. It’s awful.

  11. I know what you mean, but it’s so important to stay positive! I’m living in a new area and as tempting as it is to avoid everyone who annoys me, I would be avoiding pretty much everyone if I did!

  12. I couldn’t count how many rude people I come across. I absolutely hate when people are talking so loud on their cell phone. Its like, we don’t want to hear your convo!

  13. I honestly ignore them because they will just make me more annoyed! They everywhere and if we don’t ignore them, they will make our lives miserable.

  14. Thee is no way to stop people from being annoying, it starts at a young age and if not corrected it carries on to adulthood. I just ignore them and vent my frustrations with family members and friends later, I also use them as examples for my kids when I discipline them.

  15. Oh yes. Wherever you go, you’ll find them even if you are driving or simply falling in line to buy something. Sad, but true.

  16. I try to not sweat it too much because I’m sure there are a lot of people who find me very annoying. Kids are gonna be kids and people are pretty self absorbed, such is life.

  17. Yes, sadly annoying people are everywhere. I have learned that sometimes there are cultural reasons. For instance, in Asia because there are so many people constantly on the go, that they will push past you, do not hold the door open for others, etc. But this is “normal” in that country despite it being very rude here. If I find myself near another annoying person, then usually I’ll just remove myself from where they are and walk away so I don’t get heated.

  18. Annoying people are the easiest people to find. No matter where or when you are sure to come across one of them! lol

  19. I know what you mean! I’m always running into annoying people no matter where I go to a point that I’m kind of used to it. Therefore, I mostly try my best to ignore them. 🙂

  20. I agree with you. We were at Sea World and there were so many people complaining, ect. Our family was laid back and went with the flow. Even my four year old did great.

    It’s up to parents to teach the kids.

  21. Yes! and now they have cell phone. I don’t understand why do I need to be part of their conversation.

  22. Thank you for your blog post today as I was starting to think it was just me noticing annoying people all around! I think some people thrive on negativity and always have to be the center of attention…which annoys me! lol

  23. Yes, they are annoying everywhere. I think people have trouble being alone with themselves these days. They always have to be on their cell phone.

  24. What did you expect from a generation of kids that were allowed to do whatever they want, parents more worried about their self esteem than discipline. It’s going to get much worse, you can count on it.

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