Yelled at by SCOTT STEINER
Join Date: Sep 2009
Re: I hate seeing people wearing headphones in public.
I've had three instances in the last six months where I was looking to have reasonably quiet meal (low-level ambient noise is fine), only to have someone sit next to me, put their music player of choice on the table, and listen to it loudly as they eat. In cases such as these, I tell them if they're going to be rude, at least be rude in a manner that is quieter.
What I've been wondering about, is people that where them during everyday errands (walking to class is a bit different), such as grocery shopping. Since I'm a notorious people watcher (part of what I used to study involved animal behaviors, so I'm fascinated by it now), I kind of covertly watch them when our paths crossed. Always seems to be the same. . . little to no interaction with anyone, from pleasantries (not even at the counter) to courtesies (just push their way in, instead of an "Excuse me, please."). I'm sure it is too small a subset to get any actual meaningful data, but anecdotally, it simply looks like a removal from societal conventions, as sort of an "I'm not going to bother with these people."
Now, I tend to keep my errands as brief as possible, as well, but I'm at least aware that there are other people that may or may not require some form of acknowledgement of something during that timeframe. We live in an increasingly impersonal world (from forums, such as this, to texting instead of calling). To extricate one's self from even the mundane face-to-face interactions even more is a bit odd to me, but whatever.
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