Friday, May 1, 2015

I can hear you...eating

Ever since I can remember, I have hated hearing people eat.  Chewing, crunching, slurping - you name it.  It's an issue.  My sister used to scrape her teeth on her spoon or fork when she was little, made me CRAZY.   For YEARS I couldn't go to the movies because people who ate popcorn made me so nuts that I couldn't concentrate on the movie and my anxiety level was extremely high.   
My parents raised us to eat with manners.  You don't talk with food in your mouth, you chew with your mouth closed, you don't suck your fingers and you eat quietly.  (You also don't sit with your elbows on the table or hold onto your glass the entire meal, but that's a whole different topic!)  Anyway, it wasn't until the noise "thing" started to effect my daughter in high school that I did some research.  It's a real thing...a disorder. Misophonia - defined as hatred of sound. Who knew?  

Why do advertisers think it's okay to HEAR the food they are advertising.  Take the Kit Kat commercial that has people crunching the candy bar with each bite.  It is like nails on a chalkboard!  I wrote to Nestle complaining - their response was we're sorry it offends you, blah blah blah.  When it comes on, I have to change the channel. The dislike I have for that commercial is followed by Washington Apple (crunch), Lays potato chips (crunch), Pringles (crunch), Cheerios (crunch), Panera (slurping), soda (slurp). ARGH!!!!!!!!!!!!  

Yesterday, I got to thinking.  Seems like the noisy crunching commercials are foods that are bad for you.  Well, except apples (which I can live without) and maybe Cheerios.  But, Kit Kat and potato chips, not so much.  Interesting idea, eh?

Now, where's that remote?

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