Is this the world’s most annoying sound?
We all have that one sound that just gets under our skin. Whether it’s a particular song that gets stuck in our head, or the sound of someone eating their breakfast cereal, there’s always that one noise that can just drive us up the wall.
But what about the sound that is scientifically proven to be the most annoying noise in the world?
According to a study conducted by the University of York, the sound that is most likely to make us angry is a baby crying.
The research, which was published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, found that the sound of a baby crying was more likely to elicit an angry response from listeners than any other sound.
So why is the sound of a baby crying so annoying?
The study’s lead author, Dr. Nicky Case, believes that it’s because the sound of a baby crying is a reminder of our own mortality.
“The sound of a baby crying is a powerful reminder of our own mortality,” Dr. Case said. “It is the sound of someone who is completely helpless and dependent on others, and it taps into our primal fear of abandonment and isolation.”
Interestingly, the study found that the sound of a baby crying was only annoying to listeners if they didn’t have children of their own. Parents who did have children were actually more likely to find the sound of a baby crying to be reassuring.
“The sound of a baby crying is a powerful reminder of our own mortality.”
So if you’re not a parent, and you find the sound of a baby crying to be annoying, you’re not alone. But don’t worry, there are plenty of other sounds that are just as annoying, if not more so.
The second most annoying sound, according to the study, is the sound of fingernails scraping on a chalkboard. This sound is so annoying because it is similar to the sound of nails on a chalkboard, which is another sound that is known to be incredibly annoying.
Other sounds that made the list of most annoying noises include the sound of someone snoring, the sound of someone eating loudly, and the sound of someone typing on a keyboard.
So, there you have it. The next time you’re feeling annoyed by a particular sound, just remember, it could be worse. You could be listening to the sound of a baby crying.