Yes, I have an iPod like the rest of you, but the difference is I know when to take out my head phones and it seems like there are many people who don't have the same common sense. There were two instances that occurred recently which prompted me to write this article. The first was at a bar, a bar that had music, and the second was when I was out to dinner.
So first, the bar. Its not a biggest place but it had 2 bars, tables and a dance floor and when you get a dance floor you get some loud music. We sat down at a table in the middle of the room and as always i commenced people watching. While scanning the room I saw another group sitting not to far from us and right in the middle of this group was a guy with the iconic white headphones in his ears. Yes these days that could be one of many MP3 players but I'm going to assume it was an iPod, not that it really matters. I don't get it, lets forget that you are in a bar, you are with your friends talking and laughing and having a good time, so why do you need the iPod. I think it is completely disrespectful to your friends that you are listening to something else when you are with them, if you don't want to hear them don't hang out with them its just that simple. Now lets realize where you are, in a BAR with LOUD MUSIC, so fine you don't like Hip-Hop and you'd rather be listening to Brittney Spears, but in order to hear her you must be killing your ears with the volume level that you have her (terrible) voice at. Now enter the friends, so you have loud music in the background, you have Brittney blaring in your ears, now how the hell are you listening to your friends, so go home cause you obviously don't want to be hanging out with these people.
Now the restaurant. By no means is this the fanciest restaurant in Toronto but is a very good and very busy restaurant. So I'm standing in line with my family waiting to get a table and while standing there i scanned the room for anyone I knew or anything interesting and what did I find, some teenager out with his family for dinner wearing his iPod. Now I begin to wonder about this guys parents, my parents would never let me take my iPod to dinner let alone wear it at the table. I do have to state he only had one head phone in but in my mind it still doesn't matter you are disrespecting everyone at your table and your server by wearing that while they are trying to talk to you. Your parents are nice enough to take you out for a nice dinner and you turn around and disrespect them, this is worse then the guy at the bar, its just wrong.
Another thing I have witnessed is people out shopping with there friends and one of them has those white headphones in there ears. If I'm out with my friend or friends I want their company not that of AC/DC or Coldplay I want to talk to my friends hear what they have to say. Now people will say "but I keep the volume down so I can hear both", it doesn't matter you are disrespecting the people you are with by choosing your music over them. Admit it thats why you have it on cause you really need your music that badly, actually you don't, you're just so self centered that you don't realize that what you are doing is wrong and distasteful.
I have to ask, is your music that important, can't Kelly Clarkson wait until you get home? Ricky Martin will still be on your iPod when you turn it back on in 2 hours and I'm sure that the 50 Cent won't mind if you put him aside for awhile. Just leave the damn thing at home and to your friends who you are out with, they should have the balls to stand up to you and say "could you take that thing off" or even just walk away from you.
So after all this I guess I should lay out some "Rule of iPod Etiquette" (please feel free to add yours in your comments):
1. If you are with people take the headphones out.
2. If someone is trying to talk to you take the headphones out.
3. You don't need your iPod to eat.
4. If there is loud music in the room the iPod is not necessary.
I know the iPod is the gadget of the moment and I love mine as much as the next guy but you don't need it 24/7 I don't care what Steve Jobs tell you.