What Irritates Americans Most

Nothing brings people together more than a mutual annoyance, and the majority of Americans agree that things involving cars are the worst. However, certain words are common pet peeves, followed by human foolishness, and are high on the list. Let’s dive in to see what most Americans find irritating. 

Replying with “Whatever”

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Nearly half of Americans, or 47 percent, found that “Whatever” is not a proper answer, and it is the most annoying word/phrase. It is followed by “You know” and “It is what it is.” So, if you want to irritate someone, you do it by mumbling one of these phrases. 

Hidden fees

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The most annoying aspect of paying is hidden fees. Though this is a common practice that allows businesses to earn more, it develops a sense of mistrust with customers. However, hidden costs are everywhere, and fighting them on each bill you pay takes a lot of time and effort. 

Using a phone while driving 

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Texting while driving isn’t just an annoyance, it’s a potentially life-threatening behavior. It’s no wonder it’s the most unpopular behavior among Americans. Despite being banned in most states, individuals continue to put themselves and others at risk.

Coworkers 

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Most (90 percent) of Americans have at least one irritating coworker, and nearly 60 percent have thought about quitting due to their behavior. This is no longer an office-related matter since over 55 percent find that at least one of their remote coworkers is impossible to work with. 

Parking in spaces for disabled  

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Another car-related habit that drives Americans wild is parking in handicapped spaces if one is able-bodied. Though it can lead to fines, some drivers prefer getting tickets to walking. Another theory is that they were too busy with their phones to notice that it was a parking space for people with disabilities only.

Customer service robots 

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Americans demand to speak with real-life humans instead of customer service robots. Most notably, this annoyance occurs when they try to contact a phone, cable service provider, or bank. This is a real issue for older people who are not tech-savvy, so aside from being frustrating, it is inhumane. 

Man’s best friend 

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Americans love dogs, likely more than any other nation in the world. However, bad owners leave their dogs’s “gifts,” and that’s one of the most irritating things among Americans. Urban area residents are more annoyed with this practice than rural residents. This simple task of picking up after your pooch should not be a problem, but not all dog owners are equally responsible. 

Tailgaters 

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Tailgating is often linked to the domino effect of accidents. One car driving too close can trigger an accident involving multiple vehicles, and yet you can’t do anything to stop someone from tailgating you. The sad reality is that yelling or showing gestures can only irritate the tailgaters more and increase the chances of collision. It is no wonder Americans hate those who drive as if the rules don’t apply to them. 

Complaining and bragging on social media 

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Statista survey found that over 55 percent of Americans cannot stand those who use social media to complain. Almost the same number of people found bragging about being overly irritating. It appears that social media etiquette classes should be mandatory for all ages. 

Shipping costs

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Shipping prices did not escape the public’s wrath. Most Americans, or over 65 percent, hate when shipping is not included or costs more than the item they planned to order. It can be frustrating to find all you need, and once you click pay, only then do you realize that shipping costs are simply not worth it. 

PINs and passwords 

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Not long ago, people had one PIN for all cards and one simple password for online activities, usually 12345. However, now you have to create a strong, unique password for each activity, and it has to have uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and signs. You must also remember it. As much as we want to be protected online, there must be a better way. 

Freeloading guests

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When it comes to hospitality, nothing triggers Americans more than guests who won’t leave. It is ranked worse than snooping and even showing up announced. It is understandable why guests who won’t vacate the premises are the worst and why they are often labeled as freeloaders. 

Women are easily upset

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According to ConsumerReports, women are more likely to be irritated by other people’s behaviors than men. When it comes to politics, although many mentioned that political debates are annoying, overall, it is easier to irritate a Democrat than a Republican, though by a small margin. 

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