A kind of meditative peace’: quiet hour shopping makes us wonder why our cities have to be so noisy

Eduardo de la Fuente , Michael Walsh

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The idea behind “quiet hour” shopping is to set aside a time each week for a retail experience that minimises noise and other sources of sensory overload. It is aimed at people who are neurodivergent – an umbrella term for people with autism, ADHD and other sensory-processing conditions. What began as a boutique or specialist retail strategy has become more mainstream. Major supermarket chains and shopping centres in Australia and overseas have introduced it in recent years.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 2022

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