Should clapping be banned?


5th October 2018

Clapping has been banned at University of Manchester Students’ Union events, to avoid causing anxiety for some students. People are encouraged to use jazz hands instead.

Clapping has been banned at the union’s events, as some people with autism or anxiety can find the loud noises difficult to deal with.

They can feel isolated and overwhelmed – and may even face a sensory overload, which means they have take time out to calm down and adjust.

Should clapping be banned?

Should clapping be banned?


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alexanderp · 3 years ago

Clapping shows you are pleased.It should never be banned!

swace · 3 years ago

Although it sometimes hurts your hands if you clap too loudly, and it can be intimidating for people who are on stage, I think it is a good thing because it tells people that you like their performance and that you are pleased. Swace:)

uniquepika · 3 years ago

Clapping shows your appretiation and celebrates what people do. Clapping should not be banned!

munchie26 · 3 years ago

I agree with alexanderp It should NEVER be banned what is the point???????!!!

icecream2 · 3 years ago


natalija · 3 years ago

I do not think clapping should be banned as it shows the audience's appreciation and that the public is pleased.

cheezepuff · 3 years ago

Although it hurts your hands if you clap for too long,clapping is a wonderful way to express something your excited about or it is used to congratulate people or show your appreciation to someone so I thing it should reamain in schools and university’s .

book_girl · 3 years ago

Ban it because it can trigger anxiety and stress and might make special times unbearable for some people.

sunglasses · 3 years ago

I understand their point about autistic people, however, many places have special quiet areas. They could always get one of those. Clapping is a way people express themselves and it should not be banned.

sophia6 · 3 years ago

I don't know wether clapping should be banned or not because when you clap altogether it makes a loud noise Wich some people don't like but clapping also makes people proud of themselves so it boosts their confidence

batboy220 · 3 years ago

I don’t think it should be banned, I like clapping because it makes people happy.

billymilly · 3 years ago

Clapping is congratulating so we need it??

[email protected] · 3 years ago

No beacause if knowe claps the person may not think that you care for them

con-con · 3 years ago

No because if you are doing a assembly and you are really nervous you will feel happy if someone claps for you plus it shows you have tried hard and done a good job

hptigers · 3 years ago

When someone claps for you it makes you feel special and proud of what you have done, so clapping should not be banned. Sometimes it does hurt your hands so be careful!:)

88unicorn · 3 years ago

I think that shouldn’t be banned because for example it shows the person or people on stage that you like their performance and jazz hands just won’t be the same.

habbot07 · 3 years ago

It shouldn't be banned as even though it might build anxiety you should still clap even if you don't like what they did.That could make them feel good for what they did.

lulu28 · 3 years ago

Clapping shows you like what someone did or some thing like that.
In my opinion it shouldn’t be banned.

claudine · 3 years ago

When you are in the mood to clap and appreciate someone, you will not stop and think and start doing 'jazz hands' instead

chahou · 3 years ago

If someone who suffers from anxiety is in the room maybe not but otherwise clapping is amazing it shows someone you like something and whether you have a disability or not it is easy and is still as effective as giving someone a big bunch of flowers whilst being cheap. Also, if you are deaf you can see people doing it and be pleased and if you are blind you an hear it.

wondercat1 · 3 years ago

We don't need to quit clapping, it shows appreciation and there is no need to stop it

rosrio · 3 years ago

Although people can be intimidated by clapping, I think that clapping isn't really a problem.It is just a way to show that you appreciate what others are doing. No need for a fuss!

hc-524219 · 3 years ago

Clapping should never be banned. Why should it? It shows appreciation for those people who are performing in front of a group of people and it might have been a bit new for someone to perform for an audience. Plus, it shows that you are proud of their acts on stage and those people can be proud.

rivalgamer · 3 years ago

Clapping shouldn't be banned as you can use it as a sign of congratulations and appreciation. You should never be able to not allow this.

i_care · 3 years ago

Many of us use clapping as a way of showing appreciation to others and therefore find it ridiculous that it should be banned. However, clapping can really intimidating for some and this needs to be respected. There are many ways other than clapping which can be used to express appreciation.

oceanwaves · 3 years ago

I haven't voted because some people can be intimidated by clapping and have special conditions that make them react badly to loud noises (I have a friend...) but you can show your appreciation and enjoyment by clapping... perhaps people could compromise by using jazz hands as they do in the union's events now.

qwazzy · 3 years ago

I think clapping should be banned because if someone claps for one person they feel really happy but if another person comes and they don't clap for them they fell really depressed.

j.morrison · 3 years ago

It's to say well done! :) ?

jabberjay · 3 years ago

Clapping is a way of making noise, you can make noise by speaking, so why should clapping (another way of making noise) be banned?

jabberjay · 3 years ago

I agree j.morrison!

dogsrock16 · 3 years ago

clapping is good because it shows that the other people did well and it makes people pleased and happy.

shpee · 3 years ago

No, clapping shouldn't be banned. Also, I can't help but feel that people would be more anxious if a bunch of people silently waved their hands around instead of clapping.

yellowhat · 3 years ago

Sign of happiness

epice4 · 3 years ago

I don't think so. If people start to not clap, the people on stage may be upset or think they're rude and did not like their performance. I think that the "clapping" noise creates a positive, buzzing atmosphere.

gwynfryn · 3 years ago

No way clapping is amazing

o2008 · 3 years ago

Clapping is good!! I mean jazz hands as a replacement?That would make me even MORE embarrassed!!

kcaj · 3 years ago

what a load of tosh

owly · 3 years ago

I think you should explain beforehand if you don't like clapping, but other people might find clapping rewarding so clap for them instead.

sisi · 3 years ago

I think that clapping is something literally everyone does, but maybe we should just be a bit more aware of other people and stuff

skyangel · 3 years ago

I agree with alexanderp. Clapping show u are pleased.

rocky7777 · 3 years ago

clapping is encouraging

bobalob · 3 years ago

No because even though it makes a loud noise and some people don't like it with other people it boosts their confidence.

agentlord · 3 years ago

are you crazy

scullyxf52 · 3 years ago

Jazz hands are cool! :) And if it stops people feeling really anxious that's a good thing

Umbrella4 · 3 years ago

I can see why it would be banned, but it shows your appreciation for that persons achievement!

mus1c · 3 years ago

I don’t think clapping should be banned as it is a way to show your support and praise someone

mus1c · 3 years ago

Clapping shouldn’t be banned as it is away to show support and praise people

love_life6 · 3 years ago

I don't think clapping should be banned. I think it shows people your apperception and it's a good way to show how pleased you are with they have done

flossingg · 3 years ago

It's Good that they did what was right for the students.

emmac · 3 years ago

Why do they want to band clapping?

emmac · 3 years ago

It brings us joy and happiness.

123kittens · 3 years ago

I don't believe that clapping should be banned because it is a sign of enjoyment and it shows that you appreciate someones effort and work. I understand why it has been banned at the University of Manchester Students’ Union events but I think that this is not necessary.
Although this is my opinion, I still respect others who do not think the same as me!

hermione9 · 3 years ago

Clapping should not be banned. What about the people who can't see jazz hands (what they might make it) and what about the people who don't know how to do jazz hands?

bigfatcat · 3 years ago

Really? Clapping is something we’ve been doing for millennia’s so why should we have to stop this natural behaviour that we do all the time? It’s just an expression!

fluffy14 · 3 years ago

clapping shows that you are happy with what you have just seen and it makes the person that you are clapping for feel good about themselves.

smile2424 · 3 years ago

I don’t know, defiantly not banned however, jail time for something as minuscule as clapping seems a little over the top however, if the are to ban clapping they MUST also ban all other loud noises, it’s only fair, and a world without sound would quickly become an impending reality, this I do not like the idea of as I quite enjoy listening to music, and not being able to clo along to my favourite tunes is a horrific thought that I cannot bare, so u voted no

krabbit38 · 3 years ago

I think that it should not be banned. (Even though I hated it when I was little!)?

cmdavey · 3 years ago

Clapping should be banned because you should think about other people and not just your self


amo · 3 years ago

clapping is how you show you are pleased and lots of people do it so why should it be banned

penguin2 · 3 years ago

Clapping is nice and it shows happiness and being pleased but I can see why people could be nervous with it I used to hate assemblys because I found them to loud when people went up

ninjawiz10 · 3 years ago

When you clap it helps with your circulation and clapping shows you are pleased. It should never be band. The only negative is that you can use it for sarcasm but there are more positive reasons than negatives. Think about it!

mollyboo8 · 3 years ago

I think no don't ban it because otherwise people might think you don't appreciate them. But if it does get banned, then what on earth could replace it?

person_099 · 3 years ago

I don't think it should be banned because it shows appreciation or celebration of something someone has done and it boosts self- asteem. Clapping is also audible, jazz hands are not. The person might not realise that people are doing jazz hands, and will not feel as appreciated. However, if there is someone with autism or anxiety, jazz hands or maybe high-fives would be better

sacagawea_ · 3 years ago

I think that although clapping shows that you are supporting the person you are clapping, the sound can be quite intimidating and I know it can cause anxiety, so maybe it shouldn’t be allowed at places like concerts, where although you want to clap more, there will be more people that it causes to be anxious so it will affect more people.

jesusrules · 3 years ago

i do not think it should be banned because clapping shows you appreciate something and boosts self-esteem, you can clap quietly, plus, autistic people can have earplugs or headphones and they can be taken out, i have a friend who suffers from anxiety, she is completely normal when it comes to clapping, you should choose not to be bothered by it.

dwfangirl · 3 years ago

I think no. This is because clapping shows you are supporting the person up front. Also, it can egg them on and it shows that you are pleased. Clapping should never be banned!

emojiface · 3 years ago

Clapping in my opinion should not be banned because it shows your appreciacion to what someone has done if it's banned if someone does something well and no one claps they won't feel proud.

sao · 3 years ago

Not in a million years!!! Clapping shows appreciation, its like they are banning pupils to say ' Thank you '!

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spandolie · 3 years ago

i think it should be banned because it makes everyone in their class jealous

spacegirlg · 3 years ago

Well, It could be banned in some special school for people with autism or something and clapping to hard can make them hurt, It is nice to clap for your friends or have friends clap for you. Just makes it that tiny bit more special.

drduck · 2 years ago

No no no no no no just no

trudie · 2 years ago

NO! It's a sign of enjoyment it should not be banned in my opinion

lindawalla · 2 years ago

If someone claps it means they enjoyed what they just saw or heard or to show encouragement why should it ever be banned?

tennis22 · 1 year ago

I find it very intimidating when people clap for me but it still makes me feel good and it shouldn’t be banned