Effects of an I-Pod Generation
The iPod has become a very popular musical device for people to entertain themselves when it seems there is not much to do. The iPod has fit itself into a time period in our daily lives that in the past may have been filled with communicating to people. In his essay, “Society Is Dead: We have retreated into the iWorld,” Andrew Sullivan depicts how people have deafened the interpersonal interactions around them with the presence of an iPod’s music. His desire is to have people see how the iPod has, “[shutout] anyone not in their bubble” (377). I, too, see the effects of the iPod in society through my personal experiences and how it affects us psychologically. I have seen how the iPod has affected social situations that I have come across. The iPod has become a way to pass the so called “meaningless” times that fill our days, but in actuality plugging into the device fills the possible social interactions. If a person is at the gym on a Stairmaster, then the popular thing for them is to kill the monotony of time by listening to music. I frequent the gym often and immediately I know which people I can talk to or shouldn’t, based on their having or not having headphones. I have met some good friends at the gym by just striking up a conversation with them on the nearby exercise equipment. I see the same thing at school in the computer labs often where people are listening to music. Once I worked in the lab and overheard some people talking about their job that happened to be in my field of work. I was looking for a job and questioned the person regarding their job. Coincidentally, the person knew of a position for hire, and I was working the next week due to this overheard conversation. Many meaningful chance encounters might be gained if the time was filled with an inquisitive mindset rather than an iPod. Psychology gives us an example of how the iPod can affect our society. Erik Erikson developed a theory...
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