Social relationships are key to our well being, and often we like to meet at coffee shops and restaurants, to break bread together. But nowadays, you can’t hear the person across from you. It would actually be quieter if you picnicked next to a freeway! Yes, actually.
According to this article, the author’s favorite coffee shop, just open but almost no patrons there, is as loud as a freeway. This noise undermines our ability to connect, especially as the Baby Boomers age. It also makes us eat too fast and drink too much (which is good for the restaurant’s profits) and stresses the employees (which is not.)
Read this article and then complain to management if your restaurant experience is too noisy.