Ten Minutes: Headphones

Sometimes used to block out excess noise, headphones are now primarily used to block out the real world. People shop with them on. Is the grocery store playlist really that bad or is this a sneaky way to avoid exchanging pleasantries with the cashier? Why deal with anyone? Detach completely and lip sync through life. The larger the speakers, the more social obligations can be avoided. To top things off, those gigantic, wireless headphones don’t come cheap. You might as well wear your wallet on your head. The next time you’re carelessly bopping along, pretending to be on stage, someone is going to snatch those things off your ears and then – BAM! Snap back to reality.