Public faux pas are very common mistakes committed in very public places and usually, in full view of everyone. While these are fairly ordinary and mundane, it should not be forgotten that everyone is expected to behave well in public and with full consideration of the convenience, privacy, and welfare of others. This involves a great dose of respect, good manners, and proper etiquette. Sadly, not everyone follows this and many inconsiderate individuals tend to create inconvenience and a sense of awkwardness for everyone involved.
This list dishes to you the ten most annoying habits done by many people in public. Again, while this may be routine and very ordinary, it goes without saying that these habits are wrong and should be avoided at all cost. Read on and find out if you are also guilty of committing some, if not most of these public faux pas.
10. Texting while walking
Texting while walking is very wrong especially when you are in very public places like subway stations, fastfood chains, and the like. This is very unadvisable because doing this may actually be a safety hazard and you tend to slow down the people who are walking right behind you. You may also end up being hurt or hit by a fast-moving vehicle. No kidding!
9. Texting while talking to someone
Many people are guilty of this untoward habit. It is actually very rude and inappropriate to be texting while engaged in a conversation with someone. Talking to someone means that you should give your full and undivided attention to the person you are talking to – regardless if that person is prominent or quite ordinary. Not doing so is actually a sign of disrespect.
8. Talking loudly in public transportation
Talking on the phone or with someone while inside the metro or in the company of strangers is permissible – as long as you are not being heard by everyone. Being in public places mean that one should always talk in a hushed or moderate tone, careful that you do not cause unnecessary irritation from other people. This remains true even when you are with a large group.
7. Making lots of noises while you eat
This has got to be one of the most annoying habits when you are dining with someone. Examples of this annoying habit include noisily sipping on your soup, engaging in excessive talking while eating, among many others. Eating and talking should go hand in hand – but please, never overdo on the latter.
6. Mind what you say
Being tactful at all times is a sign of good breeding and good manners. Especially when you are in the company of mere acquaintances, and even when you are with good friends – one should always think before opening one’s mouth. Back-handed compliments and other tactless expressions could easily bruise people’s egos and give yourself a very bad impression.
5. Mind your language
Language is such a powerful tool that it can actually make or break one’s day. Cussing and swearing in public must be avoided as much as possible as doing so shows propriety and consideration for others.
4. Working on your nails in public
Not too many people know that filing or trimming one’s nails in private is a very inappropriate thing to do. This habit should actually be done in public – either in one’s bedroom or in the bathroom. It should never be done in public as it is a very unsightly thing to do.
3. Cracking your knuckles
While this may be such a mundane habit, not too many people are also aware that this habit can cause much inconvenience for most people. The best thing to do is to go to a more private place – such as an empty room or the public toilet – and crack your knuckles away!
2. Blowing your gum
Blowing your gum may be a cute sight for little children, but please oh please, not for teenagers and adults. This is an unsightly and an unsanitary thing to do and should be avoided especially when one is in the middle of the hustle and bustle in very public places.
1. BIting nails
The habit of biting one’s nails must only be done in private. Actually, this very annoying habit must be avoided at all costs – whether in public or in private!