A reader writes:
My question is an odd one. It is about a habit of hard-working and busy people: eating at work.
I have a sensitivity to low level irregular noise, especially people chewing, crunching, and rattling cellophane bags. (In fact, I am wearing ear plugs right now to drown out the sound of a young woman crunching chips and digging into her sandwich bag for them.)
I was diagnosed with significant ADHD 3 years ago, which is probably the root. I found a lot of people online are disturbed by the sounds of eating, so much so that they have made up a name for it: soft sound sensitivity syndrome.
Often in their posts, they mention that they don’t say anything to the person bothering them. I wonder how many of your readers would prefer co-workers not eat so much at their desks?
You would hate me. I am constantly chowing down in my office on something or other. Sometimes my desk looks like a buffet table.
I suspect you've already stumbled on the answer: ear phones. What do other people think?