11 things you’re doing in public that people secretly judge you for

We’ve all had those moments when we wonder if we’re doing something that’s secretly annoying to others.

Ever thought about the habits you might have that people judge you for?

In this article, I’ve got a list of 11 things that might be causing hidden eye rolls.

So, let’s dig into these common public faux pas.

1. Loud Phone Conversations

We get it, your call could be important. But when you’re in a public space like a bus or a café, no one around you really wants to hear about your weekend plans or what you’re having for dinner.

Having a loud phone conversation can be really distracting and even annoying for some people.

So, next time you pick up your phone, maybe step outside or lower your voice. Trust us, the people around you will thank you!

2. Not Covering Your Mouth While Coughing or Sneezing

Especially in these times of heightened health awareness, not covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze can be seen as a major public offense.

People around you don’t want to risk getting sick because of your germs flying around.

Remember the elbow trick: when you feel a sneeze or cough coming on, do it into your elbow. It’s a simple gesture that shows respect for others’ health.

3. Listening to Music Without Headphones

I remember this one time, I was sitting in a park, trying to enjoy the peaceful scenery.

Suddenly, someone nearby started playing their music out loud. It was so distracting, I couldn’t concentrate on my book anymore.

And it wasn’t just me – I could see other people around looking a bit annoyed too.

We all have diverse music tastes, and what you jam to might not be someone else’s cup of tea.

Whenever you feel like listening to your favorite tunes in public, please pop in those headphones. It’ll keep your groove from being someone else’s gripe!

4. Littering

Tossing your empty coffee cup or snack wrapper on the ground might not seem like a big deal to you, but it’s a habit that really irks others.

Not only does it make our public spaces look messy, it’s also bad for the environment.

According to National Geographic, 91% of plastic waste isn’t recycled. This is a staggering number and a lot of this waste ends up in our oceans, harming wildlife and ecosystems.

When you have some trash, hold onto it until you can find a proper bin. It’s a small action that can make a big difference. 

5. Ignoring Those In Need

Seeing someone struggling with a heavy door or a mom with a stroller trying to navigate a flight of stairs and not offering to help, can be seen as quite heartless by others around you.

It doesn’t take much time or effort to lend a helping hand, but it can mean the world to the person in need.

We all have our struggles and challenges, and a little kindness can go a long way in making someone’s day better.

When you see someone in need, don’t hesitate to offer your help. After all, we’re all in this together.

6. Blocking the Sidewalk

This one takes me back. I was rushing to an important meeting one day, but got stuck behind a group of people who were walking very slowly and taking up the entire sidewalk.

I tried to get around them, but there was no space. It made me late and, honestly, a little frustrated.

When we’re out and about, it’s easy to forget that the sidewalk is a shared space. We might be enjoying a leisurely stroll, but there could be someone behind us who’s in a hurry.

So, try to stick to one side when you’re walking in a group or stop off to the side if you need to check your phone.

It keeps the way clear for others and helps keep the sidewalk traffic flowing smoothly. 

7. Cutting in Line

Cutting in line? Not cool, my friend. We’ve all been there – standing patiently in line, waiting our turn, and then someone just waltzes in and tries to sneak ahead.

It’s frustrating, right? It feels like they’re saying their time is more important than yours, and that just doesn’t sit right.

Here’s a simple rule: wait your turn. Whether you’re lining up for a coffee, waiting at the bus stop, or queuing for the restroom, don’t cut in. Respect the unwritten rules of the queue.

We’re all in a hurry, we all have places to be. But fairness is fairness. Let’s keep it civil out there. 

8. Not Cleaning Up After Your Pet

We all love our furry friends, but not everyone loves what they leave behind.

When you’re out and about with your pet and they do their business, it’s your job to clean up after them.

Leaving it behind is not just rude, it’s also unsanitary.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, pet waste is classified as a harmful pollutant, in the same category as oil and toxic chemicals!

The waste can contaminate water bodies and even spread diseases.

So, always carry a bag with you when you walk your pet – the environment and your neighbors will thank you. 

9. Taking Up Extra Seats With Your Bags

I remember once I was on a crowded train, and I had been on my feet all day. All I wanted was to sit down for a bit.

As I looked around, I spotted an empty seat! But as I got closer, I saw it was occupied by someone’s bag.

The owner was too engrossed in their book to notice my tired eyes staring at the seat.

We’ve all been in situations where public transportation is packed, and every seat counts.

If you place your bag on the seat next to you, it might seem like you’re trying to avoid having someone sit next to you.

It’s always better to keep your belongings on your lap or under your seat, freeing up space for others.

After all, we’re all just trying to get where we’re going, right?

10. Taking Forever to Order

We’ve all been there, standing in line, stomach rumbling, waiting to order our food. Then someone steps up to the counter and takes an eternity to make a decision. It’s not a life-altering choice, folks!

A little consideration for the people in line behind you wouldn’t hurt.

Next time you’re queuing up, try to have your order ready before you reach the counter. It keeps the line moving and earns you points for being considerate!

11. Not Saying ‘Thank You’

This one might seem trivial, but it’s amazing how much a simple ‘thank you’ can mean.

Whether it’s to the barista who made your coffee or the stranger who held the door for you, acknowledging their effort goes a long way.

It’s not about being overly formal, it’s about showing basic human decency.

So don’t forget those two little words – they can make someone’s day!

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Lachlan Brown

I’m Lachlan Brown, the editor of Ideapod and founder of Hack Spirit. I love writing practical articles that help others live a mindful and better life. I have a graduate degree in Psychology and I’ve spent the last 6 years reading and studying all I can about human psychology and practical ways to hack our mindsets. If you to want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Twitter or Facebook.

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