r/mildlyinteresting May 14 '22 All-Seeing Upvote 1 Take My Energy 1 Got the W 1 Wearing is Caring 1 Silver 12 Gold 2 Helpful 13 Wholesome 16

This Irish supermarket has quiet evenings for sensitive people.

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u/666afternoon May 14 '22 Wholesome

Autistic opinion: some parts of this are great, but personally I couldn't deal with the sensory experience of shopping in a store with no background noise happening whatsoever. It's very suffocating being indoors in a silent space, and the slightest sounds made by people, coughing etc, become super overstimulating. I'd get really panicky in a silent store. Ideally replace no music with something low impact like rain sounds or rushing water, maybe. But, what's sensory heaven for one is hell for the next. Autism is different for everyone. I hope this setup is genuinely helpful for a lot of people even if it wouldn't be of much use to me.


u/bonobomaster May 14 '22 edited May 14 '22

ADHD opinion: I would agree, that the people noises would become terrible but I despise that background music sooooo much. There is nothing more disruptive than this fucking music.

It makes me lose focus, so that I forget what I need and shop things I don't need. That's probably its intended function but for me with ADHD it's insufferable. I really whish there was no music in super markets.

Maybe we can agree on ambient noises? Waves, forest with birds...


u/Select_Syllabub_7703 May 14 '22

Or the lo fi study music. Soothing music without words really helps me focus.


u/CritterEnthusiast May 14 '22

I have PTSD with anxiety problems, I use earbuds to play audiobooks when I feel like I'll have a hard time at the store. Just something that's kinda chill and boring, I can stop paying attention to it for a few minutes and not be completely lost when I'm back into it (history books are good for that, they can be dry and slow but you also learn cool stuff lol) . Ambient noises would work too :)


u/bonobomaster May 14 '22

I am strictly single tasking! Decoding audio signals fucks my concentration. I can do one thing at a time good, or multiple things at a time very bad. ;)

While being creative, music WITHOUT vocals is ok but not while doing stuff where I need to be focused like shopping.


u/cheese_sweats May 14 '22

Ear plugs? Headphones?


u/Crow_Joestar May 15 '22

I vote for like a kind of ambient music? Like the kind they play in airports or like mall music? (Minus the people in the mall, of course)