Not entirely sure this is a matter for debate or not, but I found it interesting.
The above is a link to an article about the 'iPod generation', raising the question of whether or not the iPod - and other mp3 players - have turned today's generations into anti-social headphone-wearing commuters who would rather shut themselves off from society than take in their surroundings.
I suppose to a certain degree they have, but I agree with the article - I find myself more wound-up by people talking loudly on their phones or listening to music without headphones than those who simply close in with the help of music.
Also an interesting point - I am cripplingly social phobic, sometimes to the point where I can't leave the house because there's people out there that I may have to talk to, deal with, who will be watching me etc etc. I can honestly say if it wasn't for my iPod, I would be inside permanently. The people aren't gone, but I've closed myself off from them, because I can't hear what they're saying and so - though I may come off as unquestionably rude to them - I don't have to acknowledge them. That anti-social iPod of mean actually means I can be social, or as social as my anxiety will let me.
I don't know, I find it interesting. Thoughts?