Horn Honking

Honking the horn is something we’ve all done. But, did you ever stop to think about the duration of a horn honk? Probably not. I hadn’t either until recently. I frequently occasionally honk the horn to let somebody know that they’re driving dangerously or doing something stupid.  I try my best to refrain from honking but when I do honk, I usually just keep the honk to a split second. However, the more I’m annoyed, the longer the honk.

Today, I was walking down the street and somebody was texting at a stop sign (I see this alot and it makes me crazy as a pedestrian) and the car behind honked for about 2 seconds. I thought to myself, “Why 2 seconds… that seems excessive… I’d probably only given a tap… waited a few seconds and then laid into the horn a bit more”.

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Horn Honking Duration

It occurred to me to make a simple chart of horn honking duration and associated emotion. And this is what I came up with. The Y axis represents the duration of the horn honk in seconds. The X axis represents the emotion (and the degree of anger) associated with that horn honk.

Now, obviously this is all fun and games… Nobody should ever lay on the horn longer than just a beep to let the offending driver know that you’re not a happy camper. In fact, there are horror stories of road rage than all begin with a longer than rational horn honk. So, please drive safely and don’t drive like an idiot. That way, you’ll minimize any horn honking and make the world a better place.




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