When the very first Walkman as introduced in 1979, the Chairman of Sony insisted that it have two headphone jacks. Why? Because he believe it was inconceivable that anyone would want to isolate themselves from humanity with a set of headphones. A second jack would at least allow the simultaneous sharing of music.
That feature lasted exactly one iteration of the Walkman. Since then, we’ve all become walking zombies, encased in our own private sounds, separated from the rest of the universe. This has led to some really annoying tech-related behaviors. Here are a few that really, really bug me:
1. People who don’t take their headphones off their ears when they’re talking to me (or anyone else).
2. People who DO take off their headphones to talk to me but keep the music blasting at the same time.
3. People who listen to their music at volumes so high that I can hear it from half a block away. (I recently took a trans-Pacific flight with one of these morons two rows over. Six hours of highhat tst-tst-tsts over the roar of two 777 engines.)
4. People who fiddle with their devices when we’re supposed to be having a conversation.
5. People who grab my device and so they can look through my playlists.
What other breaches of tech etiquette bother you? NBC news has a few other thought-starters.