Many, many Brazilans are adverse to quietude. The Brazilian constitution should include a sixth right (aside from health, education, etc) and it should be the right to noise. One way of expressing their right is to place their cell phones on loudspeaker (or “viva-voz” as they say here) when having a conversation. Even worse, calling someone via radio (like with “Nextel”) has become popular, meaning people talk to each other by constantly moving their phone from their mouth to their ear and letting everyone else know exactly what they are discussing. Here’s the thing, though…I don’t care. Obviously, people in a novela-loving culture do…thus I must grin and bear it.
I think because people are still into having their privacy, they prefer talking to each other without broadcasting their conversation to others. Of course, there’s always that one guy who talks loudly next to you and thereby making it possible to make inferences about the rest of the conversation but that’s rare. People still scoff at others who put their conversation on speakerphone and it’s one thing I wish my neighbors would adopt.
On a side note, I realize most of my posts in this series are (sometimes veiled) complaints. I will try to put some positive things in the next one.