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Do you ever eavesdrop on other people's conversations, whether it be in a public place or other?

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I think I would do this sometimes on public transport though there is little choice sometimes as some people talk so loudly especially when on their mobiles.

Privately I do not do this -as I have got older, my hearing is not what it used to be when I was 20 or 30 so may have a problem with this anyway!
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by jonaja
I never do this purposely.Sometimes though when others speak very loudly,it is just about impossible! One of me neighbours tends to yell at her kids very loudly and this upsets me dreadfully,as the language used is certainly not necessary with such young children. I always go inside and close the doors when this happens,as I really do not need it!! I feel very uncomfortable when hearing things not meant for my ears!!
Put it this way, it can be very important if you're listening to some of the conversations I hear with the people I deal with.
It is something that I try to do without anyone knowing, could save a life one day.


Not on purpose, but boy some people have no sense of decency when they're on public transport and just blabber away to their friend or a person on the phone. You're kind of a captive audience.
Not often and not on purpose but sometimes people are so loud you can't help but listen like while on the bus.
by AJ
I would never intentionally eavesdrop as it is exceedingly rude. In this modern age of mobile phones eavesdropping is sometimes forced on us. I guess people are a bit more carefree about privacy these days. I don't think it's a good trend.
Usually I try not to. Sometimes if they're speaking in a language other than English that I know a bit of I can't resist testing my skills by trying to understand them, but unless I'm fluent I'm unlikely to really violate their privacy that way, just get really excited when I can decipher a complete sentence.
No!
I was grateful I had Noise Cancelling Headset on, listening to my music, when commuting to/from work by train!

Why do people have to talk SO loudly in public anywhere?

Coffee shops & Restaurants are places too, where loud chatter destroys the ambience for other attendees'.

And don't start me on people at the Theatre/Movies who talk during a performance/screening!

Do loud talkers like the sound of their own voices, some of which are absolutely disgusting! Elocution? they've NEVER heard of it!

Is it a 'status symbol' to talk loudly in public?

I think a goodly amount of ignorance, bad manners, & a lack of 'couth & culture' involved as well!
Not intentionally, however some people are loud and one cannot help but hear the conversation/plot/gossip/discussion/ramblings whatever
I too not on purpose, but as most of you say, we are subjected to hearing people on mobile devices being so loud! Me thinks that some are not aware they can be heard? One couple on a tram recently were talking about personal matters that was heard all over the tram... I did tell them when I got off the tram tho...
Not deliberately but, as has been pointed out in other answers, sometimes you can't avoid overhearing what is said. That's why I prefer "Quiet" train carriages - you don't get all that yakking on mobile phones!
Yes, Norma. I was part of a group which put forward the idea of 'Quiet' train carriages, & it was adopted, with great success!
by donjo
Absolutely, at every given opportunity
No. \_(ツ)_/
by Rice
I am usually respectful of people's privacy, but there would be situations I would earsdrop I imagine. When I know my husband is using his serious voice on the phone I will come close to gleen an understanding of what is wrong. I don't do this surreptitiously, my husband is aware I am listening. When my son was a teen I may have ears dropped if I was concerned his behaviour may be dangerous- certainly not an everyday occurrence. I would also eardrop on tiny children chatting with each other because they say the cutest things. I would not earddrop on a private conversation that I have been intentionally excluded from when it involves business or personal problems. Not my business.
I am usually respectful of people's privacy, but there would be situations I would earsdrop I imagine. When I know my husband is using his serious voice on the phone I will come close to gleen an understanding of what is wrong. I don't do this surreptitiously, my husband is aware I am listening. When my son was a teen I may have ears dropped if I was concerned his behaviour may be dangerous- certainly not an everyday occurrence. I would also eardrop on tiny children chatting with each other because they say the cutest things. I would not earddrop on a private conversation that I have been intentionally excluded from when it involves business or personal problems. Not my business.
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