Could We Have a Little Quiet Here?
The Introvert's Way, by Sophia Dembling, is a pleasantly brisk explanation of why certain people crave quiet and solitude amidst the hurly burly of modern life. It's also a welcome defense of such people.
Some folk can't stand to be away from constant human companionship, of course. Some others are hermits (I don't know any of those), but most of us are somewhere in between. We enjoy seeing one another and may even enjoy a crowd now and then, but we also appreciate what is sometimes called the "cure de silence".
Unfortunately, uncontrollable extroverts apparently run the airports where it is assumed that travelers must be constantly stimulated with auditory cues, not just crucial information. That's apparently because someone thought it a good idea to run CNN on monitors on all concourses of America and also to keep cheerful music pitched at a level that makes normal conversations difficult. Passengers feel pressured; airport designers must suppose that passengers are bored. Amtrak also assumes that the traveler craves the sound of the conductor's advice every few minutes.