I can hear my neighbors having sex several times a week. Sometimes it even wakes me up at night. Is the universe against me?
The universe may or may not be against you, but that has nothing to do with your neighbors having loud sex. In fact, it's very common for the residents of apartment buildings to overhear the mid-coital confessions of couples on the other side of the wall. A few years ago, the real estate site BrickUnderground surveyed 400 New Yorkers about this very matter. Here's some fun with numbers on their findings: 68 percent heard their neighbors go at it on occasion; about 60 percent could hear "thumping," 56 percent heard simple moaning, and 28 percent heard screams of passion; another 23 percent heard an "other" sound, which I can only guess means a squeaky bed or a horrified house pet scurrying for cover.