On iPods and Conversation

I’m sure you’ve all experienced what I’m about to talk about (at least if you own an iPod or a similar mp3 player). Everyone loves to listen to them while they are walking outside, or waiting for the bus, or whatever. Now, what happens when you meet someone on the street that you know? Of course, you take the earphones out, and start chatting it up a little. If you’re at a bus stop (like I was) the conversation is always interrupted by both people looking back and forth searching the signs of the impending bus. After a while, the conversation is obviously over, but one thing remains unclear. When is it OK to put the earphones back into your ears?

iPod Earcorks

The earphones clearly indicate an end to the conversation. If I have plugged my ears I am no longer listening, that means you’re going to have to tap me on the shoulder to start a conversation going again, and effortless as that may be, not everyone wants to go that far. It’s a bus stop. People are waiting. So, what do we learn from this? The iPod, the little white buds in your ears have become so popular they are now even a symbol for availability for conversation. How do you feel when you’re talking to someone, and they don’t have their ears open to you? You feel like they are not listening. The moral here is this: if you’re truly paying attention to someone, take the earphones out, it’s common courtesy. And after it’s over, put one earphone in, but leave the other one unclogged to leave the door open for chit-chat, it’s a lot harder to have a conversation with a song anyways.

P.S. Valery is an insufferable douche bag. I hope his parent punish him by sending him to a convent where he will be forced to live out the rest of his life in prayer and abstinence. Also, herpes.

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15 Responses to “On iPods and Conversation”


  1. 1 Em April 3, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    really really great article! but i have another problem about those headphones…
    what about when they break! HUH!!? then you HAVE to be subjected to conversation.
    p.s: does anyone know any good places for headphones?

  2. 2 happyatom April 3, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    No, what you do then is act all cold and sarcastic and pissy, and people just stop talking to you. Protip: insult them too for extra effect.

    As for headphones, FutureShop is fine. If you have cash to spend, grab a pair of Sennheiser for surefire great sound, else, grab some cheap Sony and you’ll be fine.

  3. 3 E April 4, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    George, you’re such a party pooper. Chief of the lame police.

    Seriously.

    Also, listening to your iPod or whatever waiting for this bus or subway or whatever is a bad idea. Because it’s so noisy outside, which drowns out all the sound, you have to turn up the volume quite high in order to hear yourself, and that has the potential to cause hearing loss.

    Headphones are a better bet, but then you have to look like a dork with those big honking things on your head.

  4. 4 happyatom April 4, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    Alright, let me say this once, OK? I don’t tolerate any spam on this blog. ANY spam. That means no Desu, no Rick Roll, and no Tay Zonday. It takes me like 10 seconds to spam all that crap, so the IPs are banned, but I really don’t want to have to do that. Please stop. I don’t mind when you post random stuff that is funny, but that was spam. I don’t tolerate it. In fact, if this persists, I’ll set commenter to “1 approved comment before posts are accepted” and all your shit will get filtered out automatically.

    When it comes to hearing loss, that is an individual responsibility. I don’t listen to my music any louder outside than inside, I can’t hear as much of the song, but at least I have functioning eardrums and I didn’t get hit by a car yet.

    P.S. Haha, lame police. I accept the rank with honour.

  5. 5 E April 4, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    I try to bring some colour into this mundane world of ours, and what do you do? Take down me down faster than an extremist does a Danish newspaper. I guess it is lost on you, and others like you, who only see shades of gray, content to wag your tails and sniff butts and live on your monochromatic lives, never knowing what lies beyond the ordinary grind of everyday life. What has happened to the human race? Is this what the future holds? A generation full of trapped minds, unable to unlock their full potential, suppressed by the close-mindedness you exude onto others? It is our ability to expand, and question what we already know, and to go beyond our limits, that dragged us out of the oceans millions of years ago, and made us the masters of this planet.

  6. 6 happyatom April 4, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Horse shit. You didn’t add anything even remotely amusing. If you took maybe 30 seconds to slow down and think of something funny, and organize something instead of flooding the comments with “DESU” it would have been a different story.

    If you had 10 people sign in as Rick Astley and had them leave rick roll disguised as comments, I would have left it alone. You added crap.

  7. 7 E April 4, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    I disagree. Many lols were had by many. All in all, it was a good experience, and I would recommend it to anybody looking for a change of routine. Just beware of George’s sandy vagina.

  8. 8 teengle April 6, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    wth is going on my blog? who’s E and wuts a desu and how is an article on headphones related to humans coming out of oceans n being open minded im confused wut is going on?

  9. 9 E April 6, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    See what you did, George. Now people are all confused. You’ve succeeded in sowing chaos throughout your blog. I hope you’re happy.

    It’s like when the Power Rangers build up their Megazord to fight the monster that’s attacking the city, but they end up leveling all of downtown to do it.

  10. 10 E April 6, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    Oh, and to answer your question, George deleted a comment of mine because he is a Nazi and he was afraid that you’d find out the truth about his oppressive reign. What the truth is exactly I cannot say, nor should you ask because George is a crybaby.

    So then I spammed a bit to piss him off.

    Now that you know about this, you should probably just avoid George all together, because he’s probably going to have your memory erased, or he might just kill you to keep everybody in the dark.

  11. 11 olgaolgaolga April 6, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    who’s E and why is he/she in love with george? he is mine!
    best regards,
    the ipod shuffle

  12. 12 E April 7, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Yesterday I woke up with a sore ass and the name “George” and a phone number scribbled on a piece of paper.

  13. 13 happyatom April 7, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    It was this guy:
    http://tinyurl.com/yqyd67

    His name is George, and he has a mustache. E, he’s definitely your secret lover/proctologist.

  14. 14 Teengle not feeling like siging in April 7, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    @ E
    lmao i like these fights now lol hes a nazi lmao he’s probably going to have your memory erased, or he might just kill you to keep everybody in the dark looooool

  15. 15 Evan April 13, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    oh wow this thread is hilarious.

    oh wow i called the comments a thread

    *Evan suggests a teengle forum is needed*


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