What is an example of external noise?


What is an example of external noise?


In the field of communication, noise refers to anything that inhibits the message that is being communicated from being received. There are several different types of noise.

Types of Noise

  • Internal: Internal noise, also called psychological noise, describes internal distractions that hinder communication. For example, internal noise like fear, depression, anger, or over excitement of the speaker may cause him or her to become muddled in communication, hence hindering understanding or clear speech.
  • Semantic: semantic noise describes issues in processing the meaning of communication based on ambiguous phrases, unfamiliar jargon, grammar or pronunciation errors, and more. For example, if a speaker uses jargon from the Wall Street trading desk in conversation with someone unfamiliar with this unique language, semantic noise will create communicative confusion.
  • Physiological: physiological noise is an error in communication that occurs when the speaker or receiver of a message is hindered by his or her physiology (i.e. hunger, illness, thirst, exhaustion, migraines, etc.) For example, if a individual is suffering from the flu, he or she is likely to be distracted from communication by his or her physiological state.

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External noise is noise that occurs in the environment, outside of the listener. An example of external noise would be the hum of a loud fan that...

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Communication is a process, and if the process breaks down, communication will fail. In this lesson, you'll learn about the communication process. We'll also discuss how the concept of noise can disrupt this process.

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