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  • Oh, boy, it feels great to be out and about againYou're excited to be enjoying the great outdoors  

  • and meeting both new people and old friendsThere's just one problem - the people. For every  

  • new friend in the making, there's someone who just  drives you nuts. They all seem to have bad habits  

  • that drive you up the wall. Why can't they just be  like you - no one has a problem with you, right?

  • You might be surprised. Bad habits  are surprisingly common - and you  

  • might even have a few. These are the ten  habits that annoy other people the most.

  • #10. Rude Noises

  • Remember when you were a kid, and the teacher  would drag the chalk across the chalkboard? You  

  • were just about ready to tear your hair out. Wellif you're sensitive to noises, it might be pretty  

  • hard to handle being around other people for longThere are a lot of little noises that people make  

  • day to day that just drive others nuts. Some of  these include cracking their knuckles - which  

  • might not be healthy for the joints either - or  smacking their lips while they talk. Sometimes  

  • even something as simple as tapping legs while  sitting and talking can get on someone's nerves.

  • So why do people make these noises  - and why are they so annoying?

  • There's no one reason. Sometimes  people are just a little bored,  

  • so they do something with their hands  to occupy themselves. Sometimes it's a  

  • nervous tic. Some people are loud chewers and it  might not even be totally under their control.  

  • And neither is being annoyed by it. Some people  have a condition called misophonia that makes  

  • certain sounds intolerable to them. Something  as simple as people chewing the wrong way can  

  • make them panic or even become enraged - so it  might be best to just end the conversation there.

  • But this next habit definitely  isn't unintentional.

  • #9. Being Too Blunt

  • We all know that person - they say the  rudest things and then announceOh,  

  • I'm just telling it like it is!”. But reallyno one needed to know that this dress made you  

  • look like a hot air balloon, or that you were  their third choice to go on a date with. Sure,  

  • there are sometimes when bluntness is a good  idea - if you have a friend who can tell you  

  • when you're being an idiot and about to make  a terrible decision, that can be helpful. But  

  • there's a difference between that, and someone  insulting you and trying to pass it off as  

  • bluntness. And if they don't like being told  that, well, you're just telling it like it is.

  • But why are some people unable to  keep these comments to themselves?

  • Some people are just mean. It may have been  acceptable in school to give someone a wedgie  

  • or push them down on the playground, but  after graduation that's just called assault.  

  • So bullies have to find other ways to bully, and  the targets are often their friends. But not all  

  • blunt people are bullies. Some are trying to  help, but don't know how to say it politely,  

  • or are mirroring things they heard from  their parents. But good intentions or bad,  

  • this habit annoys people because it never  feels good to be insulted. People who get  

  • this treatment are likely to either become more  self-conscious - or just find other friends.

  • You might want these people to go awaybut these next group are just the opposite.

  • #8. Being Late - All the Time!

  • You get that call that your friend wants to  meet for lunch! You cancel the rest of your  

  • plans for the day, get dressed, and hold off  on eating until noon - and then they call and  

  • say they'll be a little late. A little late  turns into 3:30, and the restaurant isn't  

  • even serving the lunch specials anymore. Suredelays happen, but if a friend is constantly late,  

  • it's easy to start wondering why you're scheduling  your day around them. This is an even bigger  

  • problem if you're planning a vacation with themor relying on them to pick you up from somewhere.  

  • A lost afternoon is one thing, but consistent  lateness can cause much bigger issues.

  • So what's the holdup, anyway?

  • It's not hard to see why lateness annoys peopleIf you make plans and then someone shows up late,  

  • the whole schedule goes out the windowAnd if a whole group of friends has plans  

  • and one person is late, it starts to seem  easier to just leave the squeaky wheel out  

  • of the plans next time. But what causes  consistent lateness is more complicated.  

  • Some people have trouble judging time, and the  next thing they know they have ten things to do  

  • and too little time to do them. Other people  get thrown off by their sleep cycle. Others,  

  • though, just assume people will wait for them  - and eventually they might be surprised.

  • Of course, some people might  want this next guy to stay away.

  • #7. Being THAT Guy at the Party

  • Woo-hoo, party time! There's no better way  to meet people than an old-fashioned mixer.  

  • You dance, play some party games, and maybe getlittle drunk. But there's always that one guy who  

  • takes it too far. He thinks the party starts when  he shows up, but really, everyone's just wondering  

  • what he'll break this time. He's loud, seems  to think the party is his private stunt show,  

  • and if it doesn't end with someone driving  him to the hospital after a kegstand mishap,  

  • the odds are you'll still have  to explain a few broken lamps.

  • So why does he keep getting invited to places?

  • Well, sometimes this guy is the life  of the party! He provides comic relief,  

  • but there's a fine line between being over the top  and just too much. Sometimes this guy is trying  

  • to get positive attention, and sometimes he just  can't handle his alcohol too well and doesn't know  

  • when to quit. His friends are usually willing  to put up with him - until his poor judgement  

  • goes a little too far and he says something he  shouldn't, or breaks something too valuable.  

  • And if you don't know who that guy is in your  parties, think long and hard - are you that guy?

  • This next person won't wreck your  house - but they may wreck your nerves.

  • #6. No Sense of Personal Space!

  • An old friend sees you for the first time  in a while! You wave to them and hold your  

  • hand out for a handshake - and the next thing  you know you're being swept up in a bear hug.  

  • They sure are excited to see you, even if  your ribs aren't exactly happy about it.  

  • Even after you're released from the vice gripthey're so close to you as they talk that you're  

  • pretty sure you can see their tonsils. We've all  had that friend who talks a little too close,  

  • hugs a little too tight, and gets your  attention by punching you in the arm.  

  • Sure, they mean well, but you're a little  afraid for your safety when you're around.

  • Why can't they just back off?

  • This can often be a cultural thingbody language and personal space is  

  • different in different cultures, and even  in different regions of the same country.  

  • What feels natural and friendly to one  person may feel intimidating to another.  

  • If it's a good friend, it may be best just to talk  it out and tell them that you're not comfortable  

  • with the high-intensity contact - and they'll  probably get it. If they don't, that's a bigger  

  • problem and it might be time to find another  friend. Either way, your ribs will thank you.

  • But at least they're happy to see  you? The next person, I'm not sure.

  • #5. Being Too Negative

  • Going on vacation with a friend can be excitingYou discover new places and you have someone you  

  • know and trust by your side in case of unexpected  events. You're having a blast - but if they are,  

  • they could fool you. There's a complaint about  everything - the plane ride, the hotel room,  

  • the restaurants. They even complained that  there are too many French people in France!  

  • Some people feel like they're impossible to  please. Even at the happiest event, they're  

  • the first to zero in on a little thing and spend  the entire rest of the day complaining about it.

  • Why are some people so hard to please?

  • Sometimes this is a sign of depression, where  they expect things to go wrong and keep their  

  • expectations low. Other times they're  mirroring past experiences - maybe dad  

  • could never be pleased even when they got all A's  on their report card. But whatever the reason,  

  • being around this person can be a drag for  people who look on the bright side of things.  

  • There's nothing fun about having the  time of your life and suddenly someone  

  • is talking about all the things that could go  wrong. You can hear about bad things at home!

  • But at least being a debbie  downer won't offend the senses.

  • #4. Poor Personal Hygiene

  • We all know that person who just  can't seem to get it together.  

  • Maybe they only seem to wash their hair once in  a blue moon and are constantly playing with it.  

  • Maybe they're a close talker and you  get a wave of bad breath any time they  

  • open their mouth. Maybe they can't keep  their fingers out of...everywhere. Ew.  

  • These are habits most kids are taught to ditch  in preschool, and yet some adults still have  

  • trouble getting a handle on it. Not only is it  gross to look at, but you might be worried that  

  • being associated with these people will make you  look bad - or even pick up some unwanted bugs.

  • You've got to say something - but what?

  • There's no tactful way to sayYou stink”.  Most people might avoid the topic because  

  • they don't want to be #9 on this list and  lose a friend. But in social situations,  

  • it can be tricky to hang around  someone with personal hygiene issues.  

  • One of the most common causes of this problem  is depression - when someone is struggling,  

  • even the smallest task can be difficult to manageSuddenly taking a shower can feel like climbing  

  • Mount Everest. This is even more difficult when  someone lives alone and has no one to remind them.  

  • But if the problem is getting out of controlit might be time for a friend intervention.

  • But this next hygiene issue may  be much more than an annoyance.

  • #3. Smoking

  • For smokers, the whole world sometimes seems  like it's a big non-smoking zone these days.  

  • Most places have banned smoking inside, but  even outside - that smoke carries. Not only  

  • do many people not want their friends smoking  around them, but the smoke is so persistent  

  • that it can linger on the clothes and on the  breath long after the last cigarette - which  

  • makes a casual conversation with a friend  a challenge if you can't stand the smell.

  • So why does this old habit  get so many people worked up?

  • Well, for one thing - even if you don't smokesecondhand smoke can increase the risk of cancer  

  • and other ailments. And if someone  has allergies or other lung ailments,  

  • being around a smoker can make them sickThat's why many smokers are retreating to the  

  • few remaining places that allow smoking indoors  - often casinos, cigar clubs, and other private  

  • clubs - and many friend groups might as well  have a sign outside - smoking or non-smoking.

  • Some people don't get that their actions  affect others - like this next group.

  • #2. It's All About Me!

  • Some people can't help but turn the  conversation back to their favorite subject  

  • every time - themselves. You've all had this  conversation - you just applied for a job and  

  • you're waiting to hear back, and the next thing  you know your friend is launching into the world's  

  • longest story about the worst job interview they  ever had. These people can even turn a best man  

  • speech at a wedding into the story of how they  were the best friend you've ever had. If they were  

  • a Disney character, they'd have a showstopping  musical number about how great they are.

  • So why IS it all about them?

  • Most of the time, it's insecurity. People  who are genuinely confident in themselves  

  • and their place in a friend group are more  comfortable taking a step back once in a while.  

  • If someone feels like they don't really  belong or was socially awkward in the past,  

  • they might try too hard to make themselves the  center of attention. It can be an annoying habit,  

  • but many friends just decide to put up with it. Of  course, if someone pushes it too far and hijacks  

  • the wrong event, they might find themselves the  center of attention in the worst way possible.

  • But at least these people won't  get you kicked out of a restaurant.

  • #1. Were You Raised in a Barn?

  • The most annoying habit is one that shows uplot - at least three meals a day. Rude eaters are  

  • a problem everyone deals with at some pointand there are so many ways to make a dining  

  • partner cringe in the restaurant. Maybe you've  got that friend who thinks every food is a finger  

  • food - even spaghetti. Maybe they finish their  soup by picking up the bowl and slurping it down,  

  • or maybe they can't even keep their mouth  closed when they're chewing. Either way,  

  • it might just be enough to put you off your meal.

  • So why can't some people seem to eat properly?

  • As usual, this comes back to how they were  raised. Table manners are one of those things  

  • taught at a young age, and if their parents  made dinner a free-for-all, it's going to be  

  • harder to unlearn that later in life. The older  someone gets, the harder it is to break a habit,  

  • and there's no tactful way to sayYou eat like  a wild animalduring a date or friendly dinner.  

  • Maybe it's time to consider hanging  out with this friend at the movies,  

  • so they can face-plant into a bucket of  popcorn in complete darkness instead.

  • For more on annoying behaviors,  

  • check outAmerican Behaviors  Considered Rude in Other Countries”,  

  • or watchWeirdest Phobias People Suffer From”  for how unpredictable social interactions can be.

Oh, boy, it feels great to be out and about againYou're excited to be enjoying the great outdoors  

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