Elder Paisios acknowledges this problem.
The reason this external unrest makes them comfortable is because they feel unrest inside. There is noise everywhere....
They have not left any place on the earth in peace... Not even on Mt Athos.
One day some monks came to me to my Kalyvi and started speaking very loudly. I said to one of them, "Speak more softly; they can hear us over there." He continued to speak loudly. "Lower your voice," I repeated. "Bless me Father," he said finally. "We have a generator in the Monastery and we have become accustomed to speaking loudly to hear each other." Can you believe that? Instead of saying the Jesus Prayer and speaking in a low voice, they shout because they got used to having a generator...Even the monastics complain about the noise in their lives. How can we find peace when we continually add to the noise that surrounds us? Noise is a physical stimulation that keeps us focused on this physical world. Our aim is spiritual, to be united with God. The soul, that invisible part of us that is not physical needs to be able to claim control so we can receive the Spirit to guide us n our daily activities. Noise can become a distraction by keeping us anchored in the things, and desires of this physical world.
How do you deal with noise in your environment?
Resource: With Pain and Love for Contemporary Life, p 189 - 193