Can't stand annoying noises? You could be a genius

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon
Do You Hate Noisy Eaters? You Might Be A Genius

If you can't stand noisy eaters, you may be ... genius?!

A new study from Northwestern University says the most creative of us are unable to filter out irrelevant sounds like chewing and other annoying noises you can't control, KTLA reports.

Researchers say people who can't filter out "competing noises" are usually very creative and talented. (And if you can understand the study, you're probably extra brilliant.) Basically, if you are very aware of sounds like someone chomping or tapping their fingers, it's because your mind is able to focus on multiple things at once, which is why you feel like you're going nuts.

"The study cites creative geniuses such as Charles Darwin, Anton Chekhov and novelist Marcel Proust, who notoriously wore ear-stoppers and lined his bedroom with cork to block out noise whilst he worked," The Telegraph explains.

So the next time your co-worker can't stop crunching those potato chips, take pride in the fact that this could mean you're a genius.​

More to see:
Starbucks deemed 'Most Depressing' gets a makeover
Veteran's baby photo called desecration of US flag
VA clinic turns away Veteran because of service dog
Read Full Story

Sign up for Best Bites by AOL and receive delicious recipes delivered to your inbox daily!

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.