Recently, a Redditor asked “What is something you catch yourself accidentally doing that is generally annoying to other people?” Here are some of the users’ best submissions.
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I forget everyone’s name. I’ll remember your face forever and can probably even tell you what you were wearing when we first met, but I’ll forget your name almost immediately after meeting you.
When people ask if you’re doing anything nice on the weekend, or if you just had a nice weekend, they’re often wanting you to return the question so they can tell you about theirs.
All too often I forget that bit, tell them all about my weekend and walk away.
About a month ago in a meeting for work I was sporadically clicking my pen when all of a sudden my boss flipped out at me telling me to stop immediately or I’m gone. I wasn’t even aware I was doing it that much but apparently it’s a huge pet peeves of his.
I have a wandering accent. I’m not trying to be an asshole, but whenever I’m around someone who’s got a particularly pronounced way of speaking, I subconsciously end up taking on certain traits — not to mock them, just because it’s something I’ve learned to do over time without realising. (When I was a kid, I got picked on for the way I spoke, so I tried my best to sound like the people I was around at any given moment.) Turns out, most people think you’re taking the piss.
I’m supposed to be going camping in Ireland later this year. Wish me luck.
Overuse of sarcasm towards my friends (for humor purposes)… Sometimes I get on a role and realize that I’m basically just being a jerk towards my friends; it goes from funny to annoying, for sure.
I tend to form conclusions very quickly without waiting for the other person to fully explain themselves or the situation at hand. I’ve started giving out information before I’ve heard all the facts and gotten heated before I heard the full explanation. I really just need to take more time to listen.
When I’m tired at work I mutter to myself, and narrate what I am doing to try and help concentration. Drives other people nutty. Thankfully I have started work in an office where they politely flick a rubber band at me when I’m doing it.
If I’m tired and talking with my friend while we are playing something, I just talk non stop. I narrate fucking everything because I’m just saying whatever I’m doing to keep track of it myself. I’m so used to watching streams where people are talking to each other non stop that any silence feels uncomfortable.
I’m told they find it “charming” but I know it’s the most annoying thing in the world.
Whenever I walk down hallways I tap my knuckles on the wall. I don’t know why and I bet it annoys the people on the other side, but I always just instinctively do it.
When something is funny, people think about it and they laugh again. And I do that, but when that funny thing occurs, in that moment I can’t help but sort of just speak it instead of thinking it. “He said …” ” She did… hahaha.”
Like, it literally just took place I don’t need to tell everyone what happened.
The way I eat popsicles. I had one last night while my wife and I were reading. I thought I was just enjoying a quiet popsicle until my wife gave me her look. Apparently I’d been going to town on this popsicle and loudly slurping for the past 10 minutes.
When I chew gum, I’ll make little bubbles and pop them, but it’s super loud. I used to get thrown out of class for it. Now I just get dirty looks until I realize what I’m doing.
I love to burp loudly. Not just burp, truly belch. Perform a symphony of guttural stomach bubble blasts and fire on all cylinders releasing my internal gas upon the world. I’ve found that some people take offense when I do this in public.
I’m relatively unaware of my surroundings especially in a group of people on a street. When I visit cities I often run into people or cut them off without realizing what I’m doing. It’s really embarrassing to my fiance or my friends that I’m with when it happens.
Can’t keep eye contact to save my life. One time my coworkers mentioned how rude I was when my boss came by because I hardly looked at him. I had no idea.
If I notice that some guy’s zipper is down, I’ll discreetly say, “You’re flyin’ low.”
I’ve stopped doing so. Seems many would rather walk around with their zippers down than have it brought to their attention, no matter how discreetly done.
Making weird noises. I started mimicking a friend in my secondary school who used to make weird noises all the time. I later started doing it too to show how annoying it is. Now it’s something I can’t stop doing…
“One upping” the conversation. I love to tell stories.. I am not saying all mine are good, but I do enjoy telling stories of the stuff I have done… so I am very guilty of interjecting “Yeah, I once did that…” and then launching into my own story.
I HATE when other people do it… but I do it.. and I hate that I do it. I wish I could control myself!
I whistle (poorly) in public a lot. I usually don’t realize or barely register that I’m doing it.
I’m quite loud but not especially good and when I’m with my wife she always tells me to cut it out but other times I will realize I’ve been whistling the same three bars of a song for ten minutes or so while I’m at the grocery store because she’s not there to tell me to quit.
I sigh a lot, probably because I often get frustrated or talk to myself when I work. My ex roommates said that depressed them to hell, but sometimes they made bets out of it so the loser got more annoyed.
I seem to be incapable of just standing with my arms to my sides, so I’m always crossing them or putting my hands on my hips, which give off signs that I’m annoyed with the other person even when I’m not. I’m getting better at noticing it, but it’s tough not to do.
I apologize a lot. It’s because I worry about being rude, but I worry so much that I apologize for things that don’t require an apology.
If I bump into someone even slightly, or almost bump into them, or if I’m 2 minutes late or early or if I don’t have exact change. If I’m tired or think I’m talking too much or not enough. If I ask for more ketchup or if I need to pause the movie to pee….. I’m sorry…
I feel like I have a runny nose all the time. It’s gotten to the point where I’ve been asked if I do coke. Apparently that’s a sign that someone snorts coke a lot. I have had surgery on my sinuses, fixed a deviated septum, and the problems still persist. Flushing my nasal cavities does nothing. It’s to the point where I can’t cuddle with my girlfriend since it hurts her ears when I do it.
Sometimes I start quacking out of nowhere. It’s very strange considering i’m a human and not a duck. Nothing wrong with ducks of course, in fact ducks are great in every way and I wish I was one.
Still no connection between me and ducks though.
I hold my breath in when concentrating or something and a slight moan comes out. This isn’t noticeable in real life but when I’m playing games online, my microphone is close enough where my friends hear and it’s annoying. Now it’s an inside joke.
When someone asks me a question that involves a physical thing or their computer, I tend to immediately take it from them and start handling it. I just cant seem to really think about things that I’m not interacting with them directly, but I always notice that I probably seem grabby. I’m working on it.
When I get really drunk I am conscious enough to understand that I must be annoying, so I often apologize for being annoying. Then I am conscious enough to understand that me apologizing about me being annoying is annoying. So I again apologize.
But somehow I am never conscious enough to STOP APOLOGIZING! I always only understand that the next morning when remembering the night before.
Luckily, I seldom get drunk.
I make little noises to illustrate actions I do with my hands. I’ll pick up a salt shaker and go, “zhooop!” I’ll shake it over my food and go, “Shaka Shaka.” The good thing though is once people know me they tend to just treat it as part of my personality. But I always become acutely aware of this weird habit I have whenever I meet new people.
Going into to much technical detail about something that I lose them and it looks like I am bragging
Then there are other times which I try to simplify but then if its too simple then it looks like I am mocking their intelligence.
I slurp my coffee. Or any hot beverage really. I like to bubble it with my lips on the edge of the glass to cool it off a bit and it makes a slurping/percolating sound. One of the guys I work with, who I’ve now become pretty good friends with, says he used to despise me for it. Apparently he complained about it to our other coworkers constantly.
The worst part is I was completely oblivious to all of this until he told me once we became friends. Now I’ll occasionally go up behind him and slurp my drink directly into his ear.
Chewing on ice, cracking my knuckles obsessively, cussing near kids, saying “what?” even if I heard them, biting my finger nails and chewing on them while talking to someone, not returning the question when someone asks how I am or how my day was… I guess I’m kind of annoying.