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!

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Types of (In-Ear) Headphones: A Primer

Headphones have a variety of uses, sizes, shapes and special functions. Do you know them all? Here is a helpful summary of the four basic types — home/studio, wireless, portable and active noise reduction — and the three basic models within those types — circumaural, supra-aural and in-ear.