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I can't stop thinking about the fact that my neighbours hear my every move. I know that is part of apartment living, and it goes both ways. But it just feels like I have no privacy. I have strangers in all directions who hear every time I turn on the water or take a step or play music or go out or make dinner or laugh or whatever. I feel kind of imprisoned, I would like to whistle and a sing all day but I don't because they will hear me. It's not their fault, I'm sure it's mutual and I probably inhibit myself more than I need to. I just don't see a light at the end of the tunnel because I don't see how I could ever afford to live in a detached dwelling. How do you deal with it?

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I’m similar

Feb 18, 2019 at 12:44pm

However, I don’t let it control me completely. I sing when I don’t hear anyone home and I make noise because everyone else is and has to so just embrace it and be yourself!

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This was...

Feb 18, 2019 at 12:46pm

... the worst thing when I moved into a skybox. I grew up in a detached home, moved back in with family as they aged, and the idea that a skybox is a "home" is silly.

It's just a race to the bottom, so that we can have condo-slums for working people, detached homes for those families that made it before 2000-2010 or so.

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Not sure if you live in a word frame building

Feb 18, 2019 at 12:54pm

But I live in an awesome concrete building and neighbour noise is minimal.

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Move to a concrete building

Feb 18, 2019 at 1:11pm

I rented a unit in an old house in Kits. I could here the guy above me screw his one night stand, cough, walk around. Through the wall I heard the other renter sing when she had her iPod on. It made me nuts. The lack of privacy ... i could not deal with it any longer, so I moved to a concrete building. I don’t hear much now, and if I do, it is loud enough that I can go legitimately complain to the person in question.

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Here’s how....

Feb 18, 2019 at 1:56pm

...we need to pressure the cities to improve the building standards so that soundproofing is better! Even high-end condos have terrible noise-transfer problems. It’s ridiculous that they are selling million dollar condos where you can still hear the person above you taking a pee! Rental buildings are even worse. It’s all so that developers can pocket even higher profits on the backs of normal hard-working people.

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Unless you're stomping around

Feb 18, 2019 at 2:15pm

No one cares and no one notices. Get over yourself.

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How..

Feb 18, 2019 at 2:29pm

I buy lottery tickets and hope for the best.

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Anonymous

Feb 18, 2019 at 3:26pm

I live with roommates and we're all sorta used to each other. I just... live my life without disturbing others. I know how u feel tho. I'd love my own space.

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Uh!!

Feb 18, 2019 at 4:40pm

I really am surprised you recognize that, I mean maybe more made it known about. I do not want to have a completely private place there is one roommate in my, "I have to ask rollerdecks." It would a totally awesome place,be it a tent or a gaint mansion type place. With dogs, pools, servants, ya know all that wtf why? Don't be stupid it's all must have shit you poor broke ass silly vagrant. I mean could imagine, being that bitch, living with that asshole, like that? I can ;-)

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I wonder what

Feb 18, 2019 at 5:47pm

Your neighbours think while you're blowing last nights dinner out with a furious blast.

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