What sound did researchers at the State University of New York New Paltz discover to be the most irritating to humans?


by / June 21, 2011

Answer: Whining.

MSNBC reports "A new study has found that the power of whining to distract people while doing simple math was even greater than other noises that people typically find annoying. It didn’t matter whether someone was a parent or not."

Note: the annoying whining sounds studied were emitted by children, not by end-users whose computers "won't load." 

Chad Vander Veen

Chad Vander Veen previously served as the editor of FutureStructure, and the associate editor of Government Technology and Public CIO magazines.

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