Silence Is Golden
I never really thought about noise pollution as anything serious. I always figured it was just people exaggerating that things were a little loud. But when I moved to DC I began to realize that noise pollution may actually exist. I hear sirens at all hours of the night, there is construction on what seems like every corner and motorcades have gone from exciting to annoying. Thurston, while fun is not a place for sleep. I can hear almost anything my neighbors do as well as all the conversations that occur in the hall, which while it can be entertaining out of context is distracting. Plus with four room mates in one room with no dividing walls, sleep is more of a wish than a reality. I’ll catch up over break because it sure is not going to happen any time soon in this room.
Noise pollution includes the noises that everyone thinks of as bad for hearing but also includes the noises of everyday life. Studies show that it causes sleep problems, which when young can interfere with learning, immune system and increase the chance of heart attack. There was a study done that showed that test scores were lower for children living in the lower, noisier floors of Manhattan apartments. People who live near airports have higher levels of the body’s stress hormones.
According to a survey by the American Housing Survey more than 40 percent of americans are in areas that have enough traffic where the noise they can hear in their house is bothersome.
While noise pollution may not be the biggest threat to society it is still an issue, and one we can do something about. You have all seen the quiet signs, the residential area do not honk signs on the streets. Things like this reduce the noise. We can also attempt to be more considerate in our rooms as well. Do you all have problems sleeping? Too loud?