• What Is This?

    An inquiry into the history, technological merits and social consequences of in-ear headphones, this website is the product of a group of Georgetown University graduate students actively exploring the intersections of Communication, Culture & Technology (CCT) in their namesake master's program.
  • About In-Ear Headphones

Does Wearing In-Ear Headphones Make Us Antisocial?

Music was once a communal experience — from boomboxes to gramophones to jukeboxes, listening often happened in public and/or around other people. But today, earbuds give music-lovers unprecedented privacy. Is this privacy isolating them from the rest of the world? Street vendors and chatty strangers beware!


The In-Ear Headphones Market in Hi-Fi

The market for in-ear headphones is huge — its size might even be a bit shocking to some! This is evident to anyone who simply walks down the street, hangs out at a coffee shop or travels via airplane or train — everyone seems to be plugged into in-ear headphones.