What gets under your skin?

Loud chewing, bad driving, slow walking among common NDP pet peeves


Skylar Brown and Lacey Robertson

As senior Adelina Martins sits in the cafeteria for lunch, she is overcome with disgust as she observes students chewing with their mouths open.

The same is true for senior Ava Krebs as she grows annoyed when others on the road drive below the speed limit or neglect to use their blinker.

Senior Gracie Thompson said she “can’t stand when people don’t say please or thank you.”

“It’s so rude, and if I hear someone forget [to say please or thank you], it bothers me so much,” she said.

These little daily annoyances are also more commonly known as a pet peeve. Everyone finds certain things annoying, even certain things around the NDP campus.

Every day more than 1,000 people, students, faculty and staff, walk the campus of NDP facing their pet peeves–something an individual finds especially annoying. This can be anything from slow walkers, gum smackers or even pen clicking.

Pet peeves can range from being just minor nuisances that one might encounter from time to time to significant issues that can drive people crazy on a daily basis. The word originated in the United States in the early 20th century, according to Wikipedia, and is derived from the word peevish which means “ornery or ill-tempered.”

The pet peeves described by NDP students, like senior Rachel Sodhi’s dislike of hypocrites, junior Alex Kreitzman’s hate of pen clicking, and senior Grant O’Neal’s annoyance toward people who leave trash around may have formed because of people they have dealt with throughout their days in high school, and it is not exactly an innate psychological response of disgust.

Many pet peeves range and come in a variety of shapes and forms. On an Instagram poll, most students pet peeves derived from people’s habits in public or on the road.

Senior Adelina Martins said that “chewing with a mouth full of food” was her biggest pet peeve. According to Martins, many students do it during break and lunch.

Another common pet peeve among students that showed up in the poll is slow walkers. Seniors Brielle Curley and Grace Hogan both agreed that this was biggest annoyance both on and off campus.

Some specific and unique pet peeves that members of the NDP community have include junior Matt Rogers’ dislike of “the sound of Velcro” and senior Izzy Sera’s hate of feet.

Common pet peeves that have to do with sound such as nails on a chalkboard or forks scratching a plate elicit a negative response from some people because they trigger a primitive response within the brain, according to a 2012 study performed by the Wellcome Institute and Newcastle University, potentially adding up and affecting others on a day-to-day basis.

According to Deborah Rozman, Ph.D, psychologist and stress expert of the Institute of HeartMath in Boulder Creek, California: “Small irritations accurate, and these little emotional ‘paper cuts’ can create real anxiety and health problems.”

Even though it may be tempting to express how irritating one may find a certain pet peeve, it is better to learn how to deal with the annoyance, both within in the NDP community and in any typical social situation.

“Venting creates a habit. It doesn’t show you how to let go of the anger triggers; it just adds more triggers,” Rozman said.

For many students, a school campus or classroom can be filled with all sorts of annoyances that can distract from work. If a student finds himself or herself so bothered by a pet peeve, an article on Forbes recommends to “remove yourself from the environment—either physically to a new space or mentally” to get a break from the nuisance.

But since this is not always an option, especially in school, Forbes states that like most problems, the best solution to pet peeves is to “face the problem or to get over it.”