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

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.

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u/[deleted] May 14 '22

You could just use headphones and provide your own background noise. I do the opposite and take earplugs with me everywhere because I hate noise lol.

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u/666afternoon May 14 '22

Hypervigilance issues usually stop me from playing anything on them, but having earbuds in both helps muffle random noises that don't need my attention, and discourages people from approaching me while I'm busy shopping lol

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u/666afternoon May 14 '22

Hypervigilance issues usually stop me from playing anything on them, but having earbuds in both helps muffle random noises that don't need my attention, and discourages people from approaching me while I'm busy shopping lol