Sound emboldens focus. Students and coders wear headphones to drown out noise. Runners wear headphones to push the extra mile. Headphones eliminate distraction and and relieve pain.
But you don’t have to listen to music to wear headphones. You can use headphones to listen more intently to the outside world.
Headphones have the same positive impact as chewing gum. When they’re on, they deafen anxiety and encourage people to take more risks. Instead of “I can’t hear you, it’s more like: I don’t care what you think.”
Headphones signal to other people that you’re either busy or being entertained. When in reality, headphones can be used more like a field recorder, observing the world.