How can such a device influence our interactions with people? Is it possible to become isolated if you wear headphones all the time? Some people agree with this idea while others blame it. The opinions are divided, even though there are many articles published in the magazines that usually emphasize the harm they can cause.
What Is the Reality?
Psychologists have analyzed in detail what is the impact that the headphones have on people’s physique and psychology. It is obvious that when people use them, they do it to self-isolate and prefer it as a temporary escape from the world.
First of all, if we think of the physical harm, many scientists would say that we hurt our auditory system because we listen to a loud noise very close to the ears. The studies say that such an effect has been identified at teenagers. Therefore, the parents should be very careful when they decide to buy headphones for their children.
Going a bit further regarding physical harm, the headphones might prevent us from identifying a potential danger. Let’s make a small exercise of imagination to understand better how this can be possible. Let’s think that we are running in the park with the headphones on, completely disconnected from what is happening around us. Would it be possible that we miss a potential alert that might put our life in danger? Definitely yes!
If we continue with the issue that concerns us the most, the social interaction, headphones have their contribution to this as well. While it is difficult to measure the social isolation impact, it is a fact that people get less engaged in conversations as they are always preoccupied with what
they hear in their headphones. Many times, it is more comfortable to put the headphones on and listen to an audiobook than to observe the people around us and start a conversation.
Can There Be a Balance?
There is not a clear answer about this. Even though there are many studies made on how headphones affect our social interaction, there cannot be a clear balance to prevent all the negative effects. On the one hand, the headphones bring people together. How is that possible? They represent nowadays a must-have accessory, especially for teenagers. Therefore, even though they get disconnected from the rest of the world when they put the earbuds on, they can also help them interact with each other by changing ideas and opinions about their model and characteristics.
On top of that, finding the right balance depends on each person. However, the conclusion is simple. We should all find time to disconnect ourselves from the daily challenges. This disconnection can be whether by listening to a book or music with the help of the headphones, but we can also find other ways. For example, some might find relaxation in cooking while others might find it during a walk in the park.
In conclusion, it is not the headphones that isolate us from the rest of the world. It is people who choose if they want to hear the rumors around them or not. If we think of the young ones, it is parents who must keep an eye on them and encourage them to share ideas and interact with the others. What is more, the interaction can be possible even if you have a pair of headphones around your neck. All you have to do is be open and give it a try. What do you say?