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The mystery of youth - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
The mystery of youth
What is it about being 13-15 years old--and I most definitely include myself and my friends at that age--that makes it impossible to judge how loudly one is speaking? I distinctly remember having been told several times in a row, "Please... didn't I just ask you to quiet down?" And yet, a few minutes later, there we were, needing to be told again.

And now I'm on the other side of it.

Good thing I'm a professional shusher. ;P
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dudley_doright From: dudley_doright Date: March 4th, 2005 09:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm 19.5 and I still get that pretty frequently. Then again, that's partially the ADHD
delleve From: delleve Date: March 4th, 2005 09:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hehe. I'm 14 and the polar opposite to loud. :P
chicleeblair From: chicleeblair Date: March 4th, 2005 09:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm 16, and I know what you mean. I dunno... we're just too eager to speak to think about it I guess...
chocolatepot From: chocolatepot Date: March 4th, 2005 10:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hahaha! We have that action figure! And a little pile of books that goes next to her...I haven't seen her lately, though. Odd.
mamadeb From: mamadeb Date: March 4th, 2005 10:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

41 here.

Still need the shushing.
jetamors From: jetamors Date: March 4th, 2005 11:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
*hangs head in shame* Even though I'm 20 and should know better.
rabidsamfan From: rabidsamfan Date: March 4th, 2005 11:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I ease off if the glare gets someone at the table to attempt to hush the rest of them. But when they don't even try to get quieter it's bye-bye time.

(And they always look so surprised!)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 5th, 2005 12:28 am (UTC) (Link)
I have a high tolerance for noise, but when other kids in the room start saying, "Hey, will you guys shut up?" it's probably time to cut it. And they're always very agreeable. They just don't seem to realize that they're getting loud. Something about twelve of them gathered in a small area playing what looks like an insanely fun game.
rabidsamfan From: rabidsamfan Date: March 5th, 2005 01:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooooh! An insanely fun game? That's always a good thing. Which game was it?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 5th, 2005 02:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Runescape. To my disappointment, my home computer is too slow, and I kinda think that spending hours at work finding my way around would be frowned upon in some quarters. ;)
rabidsamfan From: rabidsamfan Date: March 5th, 2005 03:10 am (UTC) (Link)
As near as I can tell, it's a lot more fun if you and your friends can all manage to sign on at at the same time so your characters are close enough to each other to find easily. And it's a great spectator sport too!

(Of course, my lot play Yu-Gi-Oh between turns on the computer, so it's all fun and games... At least on the days I'm there. When I'm not in, the computers don't get turned on for very long (there's no one to supervise that end of the building) and the card players have to go elsewhere.
From: evilsource Date: March 5th, 2005 12:15 am (UTC) (Link)
You hold them down and I'll duct tape them to the floor.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 5th, 2005 12:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, they're good kids. They just have faulty volume control in their heads.
From: evilsource Date: March 5th, 2005 12:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Dude, I just got a mental image of some kid with his hand slooshing around in his brain, trying to find the volume buttons.
awaywithpixie From: awaywithpixie Date: March 5th, 2005 12:47 am (UTC) (Link)
You could be on the opposite side of the fence with parents that speak at a dull roar. It doesn't help that they are profoundly deaf, yet they think that all that noise from a hearing aid is *infernal buzzing*, so they refuse to buy one. They don't believe it is just the noise from the *real world*. I literally heard their yelling from the street corner the other day. It was dreadfully embarassing.

marycontraria From: marycontraria Date: March 5th, 2005 01:01 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm 22 and I still have thaqt problem... and really I have since I was about five. It's certainly not for lack of trying to keep quiet... I just always forget, and I honestly don't realise how loud I'm talking. Sometimes it's funny and sometimes it's a bit embarrassing...

The action figure is fabulous. :)
bribitribbit From: bribitribbit Date: March 5th, 2005 02:27 am (UTC) (Link)
You'd probably be very frustrated with me, especially with me with my friends. I dunno, maybe it's because our ears are growing into our adult sizes...?
laureate05 From: laureate05 Date: March 5th, 2005 04:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Maybe the portion of the brain that controls vocal volume is next to the portion of the brain that instigates self-centered, assinine behavior. Hm....*runs off to do her child psychology homework*
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