AirPods Are a Survival Tool for Open-Plan Offices

In the open-plan office, wireless headphones are the new cubicles.

Since you don’t have to remove AirPods to wander around the office, it can be hard for your co-workers to tell if you’re listening to music or on a conference call, or if you’ve simply forgotten to take them out. For Samuelson, sometimes that’s the point. “Once in a while, I’ll pretend to have them on just so I can eavesdrop on what people are saying,” she admits. And for people who find music as distracting as they find their co-workers, putting on their quiet headphones can be as much of a visual signal as an attempt to dampen ambient noise.

😳 For a completely different take on AirPods, check out the really subtly-titled Take Your AirPods Off.


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