Lots of People Wear Headphones To Avoid Talking To Others

You know that coworker who always has earbuds in? He or she be listening to a new audiobook or maybe they just don’t want to talk to you.

German researchers recently surveyed more than 1,000 people about their headphone use.
1-in-5 said they wear them to keep from getting distracted at work, but almost half said they wear headphones because they don’t want to be bugged by other people.

Some workers now say headphones are essential for work as more companies adopt open-floor plans.
They let you easily signal that you are busy, so your coworkers don’t interrupt.
Research suggests that employees in open offices are less likely to speak to each other face-to-face, and instead rely more on email or instant messages.

Meanwhile, a multi-year study by the International Research Institute found that you are less likely to talk to someone wearing headphones because you just assume the other person isn’t listening.
The same study found that the more introverted a person is, the bigger their headphones are.