This is the modern age.
We live in times where technology has officially taken over the world and we all are under attack.
Gadgets and technology have replaced 80% of everything that we owned. Twitter has replaced newspapers and the feel of waking up early for the morning paper. Text messages have replaced letters and mail posts.
The old customs and traditions have been lost against the power of technology.
We do not see kids playing around the neighborhood anymore neither do we see teenagers skating around. Instead, kids are lost in video games such as Fortnite and PUBG.
No matter what the technology has taken away from us, we cannot forget that is had given us so much back as well.
It has acted as a bridge that solves communication gaps, it has connected north with south, old friends have been found after years on Facebook.
We have contacted doctors, medics and firemen with one call and prevented drastic situations.
The debate between the pros and cons of technology is forever going on and is currently attacking headphones. Headphones are new in and companies like Skull Candy and Focal Utopia are changing the game with new and better headphones.
While the elders hate ears covered with headphones, teenagers and people from the current age love them.
The truth is that every gadget has its pros and cons so, let’s talk about the pros of the headphones first and then head over to its cons.
–Don’t Disturb Others
You might be feeling very energetic and want to dance around and jump around to blasting songs; however, that does not mean that others are in the same mood as you as well.
They might be feeling blue while you want to dance around.
Thus, to create a perfect and win-win situation, we have headphones.
They keep the music between you and your ears only. This way you can enjoy whatever song on whatever volume you want to play it at.
You do not have to worry about your mom or family members screaming at you to either change the song or to lower the volume.
You can have your own party and go with the vibe without disturbing others around you.
Headphones give you privacy and freedom to make your own music choices and to live that moment that way that you want to. So, that is the point for headphones.
When we did not use to have headphones, we had loudspeakers.
They were made to make the whole room dance and had a number of pros of their own, but with headphones, they lose the battle against that of convenience.
You cannot expect to take your big bulky loudspeakers with you everywhere.
You cannot take them with you on road trips or to a friend’s house for a sleepover.
They are not very convenient to move around with and thus, cross out a lot of scenarios for you where music in the background would have been perfect.
Headphones are portable and highly convenient. You can fit them in your pockets and take them any and everywhere with you.
They come with cases specially made for them to fit in and for you to carry the case around.
This way, you do not have to worry about living a life without music and your favorite tunes.
You do not have to worry about carrying them around for the fear that they would be too heavy and you don’t have to worry about setting them up and plugging them in new settings each time you change their location.
After enlisting the pros of headphones here are a few cons as well:
–You Are Not Aware Of Your Surroundings.
Let us move on to the cons now. You know how there are so many cases of theft, kidnapping, and rape around.
Nobody is safe anywhere, not even in their house and especially being outside roaming around in streets or sitting in Ubers. You constantly need to be aware of your surroundings and the people around you.
You need to look back on your shoulder to check that no same face has been following you around since the previous hour, you need to know the area that you are so in case something happens and you need urgent help, you know your bearings.
You need to have eyes at the back and at the front of your head.
This is where the cons part of headphones comes in. when you are wearing headphones and listening to music, you are distracted.
You do not pay attention to things that you need to be aware of and you miss out on some major red flags.
You become relaxed in a very risky environment and when people like snatchers or thieves realize how lost you are to your music by looking at your head bobbing, they see you as a victim and attack you.
You do not want that and you need to be careful all the time. This is why losing yourself to the headphone is not always a good idea.
Another big no for the idea of headphones being used all day is that because of medical concerns.
Do you know how doctors warn you about the constant usage of your cell phones and the effect that they have on your eyes?
They warn you about headphones too. Too much usage of anything is wrong and that applies to excess headphones as well. This causes ear infections and sometimes even loss of hearing.
The human ear has a threshold for loud sounds. Our ears are our body parts and like every other thing, they too have their limits.
They cannot stand music over a certain amount of decibels. If you don’t take care of this fact, your eardrums start getting ruptured or you begin to have impacted wax which means that your ear has too much of ear wax and this causes bacteria and infections.
Both of these are painful and can alter your day to day life drastically.
These are some very serious concerns.
Ask yourself if music is truly more important than your ears? Your answer will determine your future related to your ears.
After this, we have established how headphones have their pros and cons. While they are very useful, too many of them can also prove to be highly harmful.
You need to balance between them and learn when and where to use them.
Do not be always walking around with headphones on your ears but that does not mean that you do not get to enjoy moments with music.
Create a limit for yourself, a barrier that you do not cross and you are good to go.