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When is it Appropriate to “Shhh” Someone?

Most of us don’t want to offend other people or get in unnecessary confrontations.  But sometimes when someone’s talking in a movie theater or letting their baby scream on a bus, you NEED to say something.

A new survey from Timex figured out the appropriate amount of time you should wait to handle awkward situations.  Here are the results:

“Shhh” someone in a movie theater.  The average person says you should wait just under two minutes before you start making “shhh” sounds.

Ask someone on a cell phone to keep it down.  The average wait is just under two-and-a-half minutes.

Give a parent a dirty look for not dealing with a loud baby.  The average time is just after two minutes and 40 seconds.

Realize you’ve been stood up on a blind date.  Give the person 26 minutes before you bail.

Honk at a car in front of you at a green light.  This is the only one where I think the average is WAY, WAY OFF.  The survey found the average person claims to wait 50 SECONDS before honking.  In real life, the average person waits, like, two.


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