Do You Wear Headphones, Without Music?

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    Dec 23, 2015 4:56 AM GMT
    NYT: Desperate to carve out some personal space at work and on the street, people have resorted to wearing silent headphones as a “Do Not Disturb” sign.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/24/fashion/headphones-now-playing-nothing.html?
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    Dec 23, 2015 7:18 AM GMT
    I wear my earbuds every time I walk out the door. Usually the plug is just tucked into my pants. Too many people try and talk to me otherwise. If it's someone I don't want to talk to I just make the "phone sign" with my thumb and little finger and smile and they leave me alone. You just have to be careful to have your ringer turned off because it can be embarrassing for your phone to ring just as you're signaling you're on the phone.
  • n0vate

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    Dec 23, 2015 11:10 AM GMT
    i wear my ear buds with no music at work only to muffle out the noise around me when at my desk.
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    Dec 23, 2015 1:33 PM GMT
    I can put my in-ear hearing aids into telephone mode, and they become partial ear plugs to external sounds. Of course without wires people still assume I can hear them speaking, but it does reduce unwanted ambient noises for me.

    Phones, including cell, are hearing-aid compatible, which means they emit a short-range electronic signal the hearing aid can convert to sound internally. So in that mode I can be in a very noisy environment that I barely hear acoustically, the hearing aid sound pickup being muted, but I still hear the telephone speech clearly, allowing me to take the call. Of course the other person on the line may have trouble making me out, because my own voice may be competing with the noises surrounding me.
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    Dec 23, 2015 2:12 PM GMT
    I honestly thought I was the only one. It's a great social experiment. It also points out the people who are dead set on talking to you about unimportant, non-urgent things. I REALLY wish they hadn't written an article about it. icon_confused.gif
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    Dec 23, 2015 2:36 PM GMT
    As a lover of music, that seems so pointless to me. If you do it once as a social experiment then sure, why not. But on a regular basis? Choosing to be antisocial? I don't understand that.
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    Dec 23, 2015 2:51 PM GMT
    A lot of guys at the gym do it so you don't ask them if you can work in when they are monopolizing equipment.

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    Dec 23, 2015 2:55 PM GMT
    yes, i have a custom pair with no audio drivers in them. Some things dont require audio and are enhanced by silence.
  • eM_Jay

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    Dec 23, 2015 3:16 PM GMT
    go_dreaming saidAs a lover of music, that seems so pointless to me. If you do it once as a social experiment then sure, why not. But on a regular basis? Choosing to be antisocial? I don't understand that.


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  • Melo11

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    Dec 23, 2015 3:19 PM GMT
    Oh, man! It's quite embarrasing when phone rings and try to show what you're busy calling to somebody...
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    Dec 23, 2015 3:39 PM GMT
    some things have their own rhythm. just need a little quiet to appreciate them too. a choice.
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    Dec 23, 2015 3:58 PM GMT
    go_dreaming saidChoosing to be antisocial? I don't understand that.



    I'm actually the least antisocial person on Earth. But a LOT of people stop and talk to me on the street and there are times I just need to reflect and have some alone time. And if I'm walking with a friend it can be annoying for them also. Over the summer a friend of mine told me he gets sick of seeing me with earbuds always stuck in my ears so to oblige him I removed them and put them in my pocket. We were walking from a cafe to a store which was about 12 blocks away. By the time we got about halfway there he started to get aggravated by me getting stopped for chats and he said "okay, put the damn things back in your ears."

    Ironically I don't usually wear them at the gym because there are several people I enjoy talking to there.
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    Dec 23, 2015 4:10 PM GMT
    mx5guynj saidA lot of guys at the gym do it so you don't ask them if you can work in when they are monopolizing equipment.


    Yes, and they get so PISSED when you do, melodramatically laboriously peeling off an earbud to throw you a withering look as if they have NO idea what you could possibly be disturbing them about. Assholes.
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    Dec 23, 2015 4:29 PM GMT
    go_dreaming saidAs a lover of music, that seems so pointless to me. If you do it once as a social experiment then sure, why not. But on a regular basis? Choosing to be antisocial? I don't understand that.


    Inconsiderate work-places can be noisy.
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    Dec 23, 2015 6:27 PM GMT
    go_dreaming saidChoosing to be antisocial? I don't understand that.


    As an introvert, sometimes I just don't want to talk to people. Social interaction can be draining, and quite frankly, distracting. Some people just need their personal space.

    On the other hand, I'm also a music lover, so if I have headphones on I always have my music on.
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    Dec 23, 2015 7:02 PM GMT
    AFAIR, I have only done this when I was busy and forgot that I still had them in. So like, half the summer.

    This was one of the Great Issues for college newspapers of the early 80's. Second only to Student Parking. Should people be allowed to listen to those newfangled "Sony Walkmans" in public? It was dangerous, rude, antisocial, and helped you ignore all the preachers and pamphleteers screaming at you in the quad.

    (And the batteries lasted for maybe 20 minutes.)
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    Dec 23, 2015 7:03 PM GMT
    woodsmen saidNYT: Desperate to carve out some personal space at work and on the street, people have resorted to wearing silent headphones as a “Do Not Disturb” sign.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/24/fashion/headphones-now-playing-nothing.html?


    What? No link to articles about people wearing sunglasses for the same purpose?
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    Dec 23, 2015 7:20 PM GMT
    I thought I was the only one.
  • HottJoe

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    Dec 23, 2015 9:20 PM GMT
    Radd said
    go_dreaming saidChoosing to be antisocial? I don't understand that.



    I'm actually the least antisocial person on Earth. But a LOT of people stop and talk to me on the street and there are times I just need to reflect and have some alone time. And if I'm walking with a friend it can be annoying for them also. Over the summer a friend of mine told me he gets sick of seeing me with earbuds always stuck in my ears so to oblige him I removed them and put them in my pocket. We were walking from a cafe to a store which was about 12 blocks away. By the time we got about halfway there he started to get aggravated by me getting stopped for chats and he said "okay, put the damn things back in your ears."

    Ironically I don't usually wear them at the gym because there are several people I enjoy talking to there.

    Sounds like Radd is the new Art_Deco.

    No offense to Art_Deco!
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    Dec 23, 2015 10:48 PM GMT
    Sam27 saidI am different than you guys.

    If I want silent, I turn off my two small hearing aids.
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    Isn't that what I previously wrote above about my own hearing aids? Obviously at least one of us is not different, but does the same thing.
  • FRE0

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    Dec 23, 2015 11:02 PM GMT
    Radd saidI wear my earbuds every time I walk out the door. Usually the plug is just tucked into my pants. Too many people try and talk to me otherwise. If it's someone I don't want to talk to I just make the "phone sign" with my thumb and little finger and smile and they leave me alone. You just have to be careful to have your ringer turned off because it can be embarrassing for your phone to ring just as you're signaling you're on the phone.


    Not really. You can just pretend that your cell phone is equipped to have two lines and say, "Just a minute; I have a call on my other line.".
  • FRE0

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    Dec 23, 2015 11:08 PM GMT
    mx5guynj saidA lot of guys at the gym do it so you don't ask them if you can work in when they are monopolizing equipment.



    It also means that you can't offer to let them work in when you see that they are waiting. Also, you can't ask them whether they would like you to leave the weights on a machine. So, cutting one's self off from communication can work to one's disadvantage.
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    Dec 24, 2015 1:36 AM GMT
    Yes in the public transportation.
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    Dec 24, 2015 2:46 AM GMT
    Sam27 said
    Art_Deco said
    Isn't that what I previously wrote above about my own hearing aids? Obviously at least one of us is not different, but does the same thing.


    Sorry Art_Deco, I don't see your post.

    No problem, sir. I was just puzzled. But nice for both of us to see our strategies for using hearing aids to REDUCE unwanted sound are shared and successful. icon_biggrin.gif
  • LJay

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    Dec 24, 2015 3:43 AM GMT
    As far as work goes, I used to wear a pair of shooter's muffs. It was mainly to avoid the loud "music" that the line workers insisted on. Then they would come to me to ask a question and I would ignore them because I couldn't hear them. When they finally got my attention, I told them that I was sorry but they were so loud that I couldn't concentrate on my work. Sometimes they got the hint.

    You can also use foam earplugs, but they are not as effective.

    It does work pretty well if you just walk around with your fingers in your ears.