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America's pet peeves: what annoys you?

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Complaining is one of our favorite pastimes. Finding something to whine about is so easy. So what else gets under our skin?

Thomas Farley's professional name is Mister Manners. That means he knows all about proper etiquette. It also means he hears a lot about modern day bad behavior, such as paying more attention to your device than the person you are at the dinner table with.

"People over pixels," he says.

Aside from technology trip-ups, any number of things can get under your skin as a New Yorker: crowded sidewalks, random SUVS driving through a bike lane, random bikers blasting music, and more.

A recent Harris Poll that surveyed 2,000 adults has revealed the No. 1 pet peeve of Americans: parents who let their disruptive children run wild.

In one of the most decisive responses of the poll, a vast majority of Americans say they're most annoyed by parents letting their children run wild or be disruptive in public places (86%), while 14% are most annoyed by people who give unsolicited parenting advice to strangers. Those in households with children are more likely than those without (25% vs. 10%, respectively) to say the unsolicited advisors most bother them, though three-fourths of even this group still points to the non-parenting parents (75%) as most annoying.

57% of Americans say misuse of common words annoys them most, while 43% are most annoyed by unsolicited grammar or wording "editors."

Eight in ten Americans each indicate being most annoyed by people who are chronically late and those who are slobs (80% each), while two in ten each say it's the watch-watchers (those who are intolerant of even infrequent or slight lateness) and the "clean freaks" (20% each) who most set them off.

Also on the list are people who talk real loud in public places and people who write emails in ALL CAPS.

60% say people who special order everything at restaurants annoy them most; 40% are annoyed by people who won't try new foods.

People were split on whether tailgaters (53%) or slow drivers who stay in the passing lane (47%) are more annoying.


Farley says no matter what your pet peeves are, you can't let your list drive you crazy.

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