Most of us don't want to offend other people or get in unnecessary confrontations. But sometimes when someone's talking in a movie theater or letting their baby scream on a bus, you NEED to say something. A new survey figured out the appropriate amount of time you should wait to handle awkward situations. Here are the results:
"Shhh" someone in a movie theater. The average person says you should wait just under two minutes before you start making "shhh" sounds.
Ask someone on a cell phone to keep it down. The average wait is just under two-and-a-half minutes.
Give a parent a dirty look for not dealing with a loud baby. The average time is just after two minutes and 40 seconds.
Realize you've been stood up on a blind date. Give the person 26 minutes before you bail.
Honk at a car in front of you at a green light. This is the only one where I think the average is WAY, WAY OFF. The survey found the average person claims to wait 50 SECONDS before honking. In real life, the average person waits, like, two.