So I am back here in the US for good and studying for Step 1 of the USMLE (meidcal licensing exam for you non-Americans) and am studying at the very nice library at the nearby university (UC Riverside) for the last week with my classmate.
I've been noticing that it seems like nobody has any concept of keeping their damn voice down when in the library. There's always a group of idiots that think they are being quiet in the library by speaking one decibel lower. Not only to mention the fact that nobody seems to silence their phones in here, and carry on with their stupid and inane conversations. I know I'm not some hardass and need pindrop silence, but if someone needs to discuss material then whisper, and for godsakes take your cellphone conversation about who got drunk last nite outside. And when you walk out of a study room, don't keep talking in full volume!
Reason I brought this up is that I never remembered it being a problem when I was in college, and I graduated only in 2004. Is it that in three years, college students lost the concept of library etiquette? Or is a lot of this due to the fact that I got used to studying in a Medical School library where it is in fact really damn quiet, and people take their cell phone conversations outside?
Is it like this now at other schools across the country?