The Sound of Silence

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@HazySue (22490)
United States
May 2, 2017 9:36am CST
Are you someone who does not like it when silence surrounds you? Are you someone who wants or needs a bit of background noise to think? When I was younger I used to have TV or the radio on all the time, I needed that background noise to help me focus on what I was doing. I even studied with background noise. To me the sound of silence was deafening. I found myself listening for little noises. If I was listening for noises I could concentrate on the task at hand. I have heard that people who run away from the sound of silence, which is really no sound at all, are not afraid of silence but uncomfortable with themselves. What do you think? I have found that now that I am older I enjoy silence every now and then. I seem to be able to gather my thoughts easier. Beside, I have also have never found that silence is absolutely void of sound. I heard the creak of an old house, the chirp of a bird, the drip of water and a varied collection of little sounds. Are you a lover of silence or a background noise type of person?
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@LadyDuck (170050)
• Switzerland
2 May 17
I am a lover of silence, I do not want background noise or music. Where we live the only noise I hear is the ticketing of my fingers on the keyboard.
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@HazySue (22490)
• United States
5 May 17
It's a nice sound to hear, the sound of yourself creating.
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@LadyDuck (170050)
• Switzerland
5 May 17
@HazySue When I open the windows, I also hear the birds chirping and the noise of the water running in the brook.
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@HazySue (22490)
• United States
5 May 17
@LadyDuck I enjoy that type of background sound.
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@annierose (18023)
• Philippines
4 Jun 17
When things get overwhelming, I love to go to a place where I can commune with nature and enjoy the silence. It is for that reason, I tried to go on a vacation in a far away place once a year.
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@HazySue (22490)
• United States
4 Jun 17
I love the silence, it gives me a chance to unwind and think.
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@annierose (18023)
• Philippines
5 Jun 17
@HazySue Yes, in this noisy world, we do really need it to give us peace.
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@RubyHawk (28240)
• Atlanta, Georgia
6 May 17
I'm a lover of silence. Lots of noise is an aggravation to me.
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@HazySue (22490)
• United States
7 May 17
A lot of noise is a distraction to me, I can't focus.
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@RubyHawk (28240)
• Atlanta, Georgia
8 May 17
@HazySue I enjoy being with others but I must have my private time.
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• United States
3 May 17
I am a lover of silence. I thrive on it Susan. I need it or I will go batty.
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@HazySue (22490)
• United States
5 May 17
I'm that way. I need my daily dose of silence.
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• United States
5 May 17
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@just4him (123705)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
3 May 17
It depends on the mood. Most of the time it's very quiet here, except as you say the outside and inside noises. My apartment burbles and creaks. Outside is the traffic noise, highlighted by emergency vehicles. Once in a while I'll turn on the radio, but not often.
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@HazySue (22490)
• United States
5 May 17
There is almost always some type of residual sound going on. It's when you are enjoying the silence that you then notice the sound of a gentle breeze, the creak of an old house.
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@just4him (123705)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
5 May 17
@HazySue Definitely.
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@JudyEv (129740)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 May 17
Vince seems to need to have background noise although not as much as when we were first married. Continual noise, background or otherwise, drives me to distraction. I find it really stressful after a while.
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@HazySue (22490)
• United States
5 May 17
I feel stressed when there is always some type of noise going on such as a TV or music. My husband is also the type of person who needs the background noise. When he is not home I keep the TV and music turned off.
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@JudyEv (129740)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 May 17
@HazySue I must have made a fuss early in our married life and mostly it's quiet here. I'm more tolerant of it now and encourage him to put music on from time to time.
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@Kandae11 (40188)
2 May 17
If I am alone I prefer to have some manner of background sound whether it is television , radio or music.
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@HazySue (22490)
• United States
5 May 17
A lot of people need that background noise when they are alone. It is why silence can be used so effectively in a suspense story, That little creak, the whisper of a sound, they can be quite spooky when there is no background noise.
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@Kandae11 (40188)
5 May 17
@HazySue Exactly.
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@MALUSE (42503)
• Germany
4 Jun 17
I've never needed or wanted background noise.
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@HazySue (22490)
• United States
4 Jun 17
Some people can not function with silence and some have problems with background noise. To be most times background noise is distracting.
@responsiveme (16835)
• India
4 May 17
I enjoy silence at times but because I live alone I like the background noise from the street below at night.
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@HazySue (22490)
• United States
5 May 17
So you like a little of both. I don't mind the background noise sometimes such as when I'm cleaning or cooking.
• Banks, Oregon
4 May 17
I love silence and quiet i can not sleep with any type of background noise
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@HazySue (22490)
• United States
5 May 17
same here, If anything makes a noise I am instantly awake.
• Manahawkin, New Jersey
3 May 17
I enjoy silence. For some reason I can't focus or sleep with noise around me. Great topic. It's nice to to see a beautifully written and well thought out post!
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@HazySue (22490)
• United States
5 May 17
Thank you. I love the sound of silence. I have found that there are so many things that we miss when we have a constant stream of background noise.
@marlina (76487)
• Canada
2 May 17
I need a white noise for sleeping. Here is a song about silence for you:
Lyrics: Hello darkness, my old friend I've come to talk with you again Because a vision softly creeping Left its seeds while I was sleeping And the vision th...
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@HazySue (22490)
• United States
5 May 17
My mother used to use a white noise machine. I love that song. Thanks for the link.
@shivamani10 (11205)
• Hyderabad, India
2 May 17
Sometimes it gives a great amount of energy to the body and mind also. I like silence sometimes,
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@HazySue (22490)
• United States
5 May 17
When it is silent you can almost hear yourself think.
@Corbin5 (112767)
• United States
2 May 17
When I had to study, I needed silence. Now, I like background noise.
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@HazySue (22490)
• United States
5 May 17
It's funny, when I was a kid I needed the background noise, it helped me focus. Now as an adult I crave the silence.
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