Is it Rude To Interrupt Someone?

We’ve all been tempted to do it, whether we’ve gone through with it or not; interrupting someone in the middle of their sentence. 

But, is it rude to do so? Read on below and discover the surprising answer to this answer!

Is it Rude to Interrupt Someone?

Interrupting someone is commonly viewed as rude, but this is not always the case. In some cases, such as when the person you interrupt is being rude, is talking about you (or your thoughts/ideas), or is sharing false or misleading information with others.

How Rude Is it?


Interrupting someone (generally speaking) rates 9 out of 10 stars on the rude meter. The only reason this rude action doesn’t rate a full 10 stars is that sometimes interrupting people is actually necessary.

Why is it Rude?

When you are in the middle of your thought, and halfway through getting it out of your mouth, and someone interrupts you, how do you feel? Not good right? Exactly. 

Hence, you know already know exactly why it is rude to interrupt others if you search your own feelings. 

It is belittling and often makes us feel slighted and disrespected when someone interrupts us in the middle of talking.

Other Options to Do Instead

When you are tempted to interrupt someone, first ask yourself if it is absolutely necessary (or can it wait until they finish what they are saying?).

Here are a few other options to do instead:

  • Wait until they finish their next sentence and then interject politely
  • Speak up only once they have completely finished talking
  • Make a mental note about whatever it is you want to say
  • Find an appropriate place and time to discuss things with said person
  • Refrain from interrupting and take pride in your self-control

Remember, the best policy about interrupting people is that you should only do it if there is a genuinely good reason for it. You should never interrupt someone just because you disagree or dislike what they are saying.

Common Questions

Is it always rude to interrupt someone?

While it is generally considered rude to interrupt people, this is not always the case. Sometimes people need interrupted for various reasons. For example, an asteroid may be about to crash into the planet and everyone needs to be informed before it is too late. Or, if you are in class and the teacher is talking, but you are about to poop or pee your pants.

Is interrupting people toxic behavior?

Interrupting people is often viewed as rude, but it isn’t always considered toxic behavior. When someone interrupts others habitually, especially to argue with or slander them or their ideas, it is considered toxic behavior. That’s right, if you are constantly interrupting your spouse, for no good reason but to argue, you are acting toxic.

How to apologize for interrupting someone?

Apologizing to someone for interrupting is as easy as saying “I do apologize for interrupting, but (insert your excellent reason for interrupting them here)”. The best policy is to be quick and honest with your apology, and about why you interrupted them (as well as going ahead and saying what you felt the need to interrupt them and say in the first place).