Earlier during class, we had a very interesting conversation that touched many points. One of the points that stood out to me the most was the use of headphones in public spaces. In today’s age, almost every person riding the train or walking has their headphones on. Even though headphones are a great creation, this has caused face-to-face conversations between people to be rare. I personally think that this might be one of the reasons to why our generation is losing the face-to-face communication skill. Having headphones on has become a way of implying someone does not want to be bothered. I even heard people mentioning that they would put their headphones on without playing their music just so no one would bother them. This brings me to an article that I found that also mentioned this “issue.” https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/05/how-headphones-changed-the-world/257830/
The way we use headphones in public has become a social norm. A point that the article makes is, “We assume that people wearing them are busy or oblivious, so now people wear them to appear busy or oblivious — even without music. Wearing soundless headphones is now a common solution to productivity blocks.” This is also a way of saying “I am physically present but maybe not mentally.”
I wanted to mention this issue because I love listening to music with my headphones on but I am not fully sure of the outcome it is creating in our society. Is the excessive use of headphones making our community more anti-social or is this justified by saying that it is a way of controlling the environment around you?