Why Are Headphones Becoming More Popular?

The answer to the one is simple. Headphone sales are going up because more folks are buying portable devices. The more devices get sold, the greater headphones get sold, it really is that simple.

Headphones are useless without gadgets, ergo, if headphones are selling well, it stands to reason that devices are too and vice versa.

The exceptional success of this Tablet PC and the MP3 player has a lot to do with this. The iPod, especially, has had a huge social impact. If I cast my mind back to when I was little, only kids and sad looking adults wore headphones. These odd adults were considered curiosities, due in part to their ludicrous walk, which appeared to parody that of a constipated penguin.

Of course today, basically everybody owns an iPod. Lawyers commuting to work use them; busy housewives listen to their iPods whilst food shopping, even US President Barack Obama revealed the contents of his in an interview with ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine. So it should come as no surprise that headphone sales are skyrocketing.

Of course, along with all the rise in portable devices came the rise in Internet gaming, another product that requires headphones. Of course, in order to chat, argue, or just play together online, you needed a new set of headphones.

Today, Tablet PCs use headphones, cell phones use headphones, portable gaming devices use headphones, in reality, basically everything uses headphones. When I can’t sleep at nighttime, I listen to music on my headsets in order not to wake my girlfriend, I even wear headsets outside, but you know what? So does everybody else.

Next time you’re out and about, shop around you and see just how many people are listening to something, its not only kids, its not just trendy adults, its everyone.

Headphones tend to wear out over time, which suggests that everyone who’s buying them will need to shell out for a couple more because the years roll on. Now that everyone is wearing haedphones, even the uncool are cool, which is weird when you think about it.

Does Wearing Headphones Increase the Amount of Bacteria in your Ears?

So, the short answer to your question is that anything you put in your ear will increase the bacteria levels present, simply by sheer dint of the introduction of a foreign object to your ear. You can consider this to also be true for cotton buds, earplugs and, of course, your index finger. Microorganisms tend to reproduce well in hot and humid environments and the ear, like the mouth and nose, certainly have all the right conditions for a germ-orgy of sorts (sorry for the image). Continue reading