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alecazam3567
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21 Aug 2012, 4:14 pm

Just a random thought, how do you react in a quiet room with a ticking clock in it?

Yesterday, I was in an office and there was a really loud air conditioner. The air conditioner finally turned off, and then the clock became audible and my full attention went to that clock.



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21 Aug 2012, 4:17 pm

Love ticking clocks. It soothes me like anything. There's a loud grandfather's clock in my uncle's living-room, and it literally is very loud, you can even hear it over the TV but I would love one that loud in my room. I would never have a sleepless night again! :) :)


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21 Aug 2012, 4:41 pm

It would depend on the actual ticking sound the clock made. I do not like dead silence as I have tinnitus and too much quiet makes me obsess over the ringing too much and can lead to a panic attack. My preference is for rhythmic, steady noise and i think that a clock alone would have too much silent time between ticks for my needs.


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21 Aug 2012, 5:19 pm

The tick is distracting to me. I'll notice it and start "zoning out". Tinnitus is an issue for me as well so silence is a no, no. Steady white noise for me please.



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21 Aug 2012, 5:24 pm

I hate the ticking clocks.



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21 Aug 2012, 6:09 pm

I can't stand ticking clocks. The noise actually causes me physical discomfort. Silent clocks ONLY in my house! Ex-girlfriends have always been puzzled as to why I couldn't sleep until they removed the batteries from the bedside clock. To me, when there is no other noise, a ticking clock might as well be somebody banging a pan with a wooden spoon.



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21 Aug 2012, 6:40 pm

Ticking clocks are rhythmic, and so bother me FAR less than noises with no regular rhythm. I can sleep with any ticking clock, although I can't say it HELPS me sleep.

Ticking BOMBS, on the other hand...


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21 Aug 2012, 6:59 pm

I hate them.

They give me a rhythm that would absorb me to the point that I can't think about anything else. I get stuck. I can't think, move, or act.

I never have them. If I'm around them, sometimes I'm not functional.



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21 Aug 2012, 7:16 pm

no issue for sleeping but if i am reading in silence it kills me


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21 Aug 2012, 8:00 pm

I'm not keen on the sound, myself.

It makes me feel like my life is slipping away, which it is.



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21 Aug 2012, 9:13 pm

I'm not bothered one way or another by ticking clocks.



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21 Aug 2012, 9:19 pm

I don't like ticking clocks at all. However, my watch has a very soft mechanical tick that's only audible if my ear is right up to it, and I can find that very soothing.



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21 Aug 2012, 9:28 pm

They tend to make it hard for me to think since I can't help focusing only on them. Loud ones are extremely irritating.



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21 Aug 2012, 9:57 pm

I can't stand them, listening to the ticking raises my anxiety, and it is all I can do, sit there and listen to each and every tick. I used to wonder why I had a really hard time falling asleep in the guest room at my grandmother's home as a child, but it was definitely partly because of the wood clock.

I recently house sat for a former teacher, and unplugged the alarm clock because it was retro and ticked. Then I could still hear something ticking in the bedroom and thought I had lost my mind, but then I searched the room and found another, larger ticking clock in the closet. So I put it in another room with the door shut.


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21 Aug 2012, 11:23 pm

I find the sound soothing, although it depends on the situation. In general, it doesn't bother me, but if I'm looking to go to sleep or I'm reading I prefer near-absolute silence.


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22 Aug 2012, 12:39 am

I love everything about clocks, specifically mechanical weight or spring-driven ones. The tick, to me, only means that it is working.