if you wear headphones in public, you will never have a chance encounter on the street. you will never meet and fall in love with a stranger. you will miss hearing the cooing of pigeons, the squeal of delight of a kid splashing a puddle, the thank you an older lady utters to someone holding open a door for her, the “hey! nice dress!” you get from a passer-by.
in essence, you’ve sacrificed life, for the sake of hearing the same fucking coldplay song you’ve heard 100 times before.”
Messageboard post, BigTrick (via magnificentruin)
As much as I’d like to dream that my headphones are separating me from a beautiful, sweet world in which old ladies in New York thank anyone for shit, and strangers love me and my dress, in reality, my earbuds are just ever-so-slightly dampening the ever-present crush of whistles and ringers, engines and construction work, and reducing the volume on scores upon scores of inane conversations that people must imagine I can’t hear because I have my headphones on.
Also, this is just plain untrue - people do not give one damn if you have earbuds in, that will not stop someone from talking to you. Unfortunately, I’ve had many chance encounters whether I’ve liked it or not.
I like this quote, in spite of the truth of the above reactions. I don’t know if it will have any effect on how often I wear my headphones in public, but it’s nice to think there might be something I’m missing.