History Main / HeadPhonesEqualIsolation

1st Jul '16 3:09:12 AM Anddrix
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* Invoked by many professional and semi-professional {{poker}} players; since all the communication necessary to play the game can be done by the physical movement of cards and chips, they wear headphones in order to tune out distractions and better concentrate on the game. The etiquette behind this is [[BaseBreaker a point of contention]], with many older players finding it [[BerserkButton annoying and rude]].

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* Invoked by many professional and semi-professional {{poker}} players; since all the communication necessary to play the game can be done by the physical movement of cards and chips, they wear headphones in order to tune out distractions and better concentrate on the game. The etiquette behind this is [[BaseBreaker a point of contention]], contention, with many older players finding it [[BerserkButton annoying and rude]].
26th May '16 5:45:49 PM dmcreif
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* In ''Series/{{Daredevil}}'', a Dogs of Hell gang member is shown power-washing a semi truck the gang just hijacked while listening to "The Price of Punishment" on his headphones. This renders him oblivious to the Punisher entering and killing everyone else in the room until one of the bodies lands at his feet. To boot, Castle then proceeds to kill him, then use the guy's body as bait for the ESU team while he tries to make another attempt on Grotto.
14th May '16 2:19:56 AM Tron80
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* In ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'', Shinji admits freely that he doesn't like much watching TV and prefers his headphones because they let him cut the world off.
-->He was not much for the boob-tube, preferring instead the quiet solitude of his S-DAT, but it seemed wrong to walk away from the moment.
16th Apr '16 11:55:10 PM Tron80
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* In episode 23 of ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'', Shinji resorts to his headphones to try to forget about his troubles:
-->He laid in bed, music in his ears from his headphones and tried to zone out, but his mind kept spiraling back to Asuka.
11th Mar '16 9:05:07 AM erforce
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* Danny Pennington, the troubled teen from the first ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' movie.

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* Danny Pennington, the troubled teen from the first ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' movie.''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1990''.
20th Feb '16 2:53:15 AM PsiPaula4
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In real life, one of the easiest ways to let people know that you want to be left alone is to wear a pair of headphones. Either you won't be able to hear other people, or they will assume that you can't hear them. This carries over into fiction. It is an easy way to show that a character is trying to drown out reality and other people. Is either used symbolically, where the headphones are a side-effect of their isolation, or deliberately when the character does this on purpose.

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In real life, one of the easiest ways to let people know that you want to be left alone is to wear a pair of headphones. Either you won't be able to hear other people, or they will assume that you can't hear them. This carries over into fiction. It is an easy way to show that a character is trying to drown out reality and other people. Is This trope is either used symbolically, where the headphones are a side-effect of their isolation, or deliberately when the character does this on purpose.
20th Feb '16 2:51:36 AM PsiPaula4
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In real life one of the easiest ways to be left alone is to wear a pair of headphones. Either you won't be able to hear other people, or they will assume that you can't hear them. This carries over into fiction. It is an easy way to show that a character is trying to drown out reality and other people. Is either used symbolically, where the headphones are a side-effect of their isolation, or deliberately when the character does this on purpose.

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In real life life, one of the easiest ways to let people know that you want to be left alone is to wear a pair of headphones. Either you won't be able to hear other people, or they will assume that you can't hear them. This carries over into fiction. It is an easy way to show that a character is trying to drown out reality and other people. Is either used symbolically, where the headphones are a side-effect of their isolation, or deliberately when the character does this on purpose.



It's also possible to use this impression to gather information: If people assume you can't hear or aren't paying attention, they might talk freely behind your back, and if you don't actually have the headphones playing any sound, you should be able to hear them with just a little muffling. On the negative side, using them while exercising may lead to JoggersFindDeath. Possibly moving towards DiscreditedTrope territory now that traditional bulky headphones are being replaced with tiny iTunes-style earbuds, however, some works may deliberately invoke it by having a character choose large headphones over earbuds precisely for this reason.

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It's also possible to use this impression to gather information: If people assume you can't hear or aren't paying attention, they might talk freely behind your back, and if you don't actually have the headphones playing any sound, you should be able to hear them with just a little muffling. On the negative side, using them while exercising may lead to JoggersFindDeath. Possibly moving towards DiscreditedTrope territory territory, now that traditional bulky headphones are being replaced with tiny iTunes-style earbuds, however, earbuds. However, some works may deliberately invoke it this trope by having a character choose large headphones over earbuds precisely for this reason.
18th Feb '16 4:13:40 PM harostar
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* Played with in ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' and its sequel, '':Re''.
** In the original series, the outgoing Hide Nagachika frequently wears headphones around his neck. When he is seen wearing them over his ears, it's either to illustrate his eccentric personality or his loneliness when Kaneki has been avoiding him. Considering his ObfuscatingStupidity and tendency to easedrop on people, the headphones [[FridgeBrilliance likely also]] aid in making people not take him seriously.
** In the sequel, the sullen Kuki Urie frequently wears earbuds to avoid dealing with others. He's seen wearing them less and less after the major TimeSkip, as part of his development.
12th Feb '16 5:14:55 AM StFan
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Wearing headphones doesn't tune everything out in real life - smells, the floor rumbling, etc - but [[TropesAreTools can be used this way]] in fiction for the RuleOfFunny.

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Wearing headphones doesn't tune everything out in real life - -- smells, the floor rumbling, etc - etc. -- but [[TropesAreTools can be used this way]] in fiction for the RuleOfFunny. RuleOfFunny.



* ''Manga/{{Watamote}}'' has Tomoko often shown using BlandNameProduct earphones and some official art shows her with headphones on, fitting with her antisocial, awkward and isolated nature.

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* ''Manga/{{Watamote}}'' ''Manga/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular'' has Tomoko often shown using BlandNameProduct earphones and some official art shows her with headphones on, fitting with her antisocial, awkward and isolated nature.



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* Used as a gag in the comic strip ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}'', where Jeremy will use headphones to avoid listening to his annoying mother to a point were he once wore three pairs of headphones (each over top the other) to block out her nonsensical dialogue.

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* ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}'':
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Used as a gag in the comic strip ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}'', gag, where Jeremy will use headphones to avoid listening to his annoying mother to a point were he once wore three pairs of headphones (each over top the other) to block out her nonsensical dialogue.



* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'', DJ-Pon-3 is always wearing her headphones. In the background of "Battle of the Bands", while the Dazzlings use their music to brainwash the student body, she's seen [[FunnyBackgroundEvent bouncing to her own music, completely unaffected]]. [[spoiler: This means later she can free the Rainbooms and help them in the final battle.]] When Principal Celestia confiscates the headphones in the prequel short "Music to My Ears", she just pulls out a pair of earbuds and starts the music all over again.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'', DJ-Pon-3 (a.k.a. Vinyl Scratch) is always wearing her headphones. In the background of "Battle of the Bands", while the Dazzlings use their music to brainwash the student body, she's seen [[FunnyBackgroundEvent bouncing to her own music, completely unaffected]]. [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This means later she can free the Rainbooms and help them in the final battle.]] When Principal Celestia confiscates the headphones in the prequel short "Music to My Ears", she just pulls out a pair of earbuds and starts the music all over again.



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* In the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "Mommy, Can You Hear Me?", Linda (the mother) is wearing headphones while working in the garden, and quite fails to notice Phineas and Ferb building their [[OnceAnEpisode big project of the day]] ''right behind her''.
* This was a major trait of Taz's sister Molly in ''TazMania'', who is almost never seen without her Walkman. In one episode, she just smiles and nods while Bull Gator and Axl cheerfully tell her about their plans to sell her to a zoo.
* In "The Last Temptation" episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' - Stimpy is totally unaware that Ren is suffering since he has headphones on whilst watching the TV.

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* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
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In the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "Mommy, Can You Hear Me?", Linda (the mother) is wearing headphones while working in the garden, and quite fails to notice Phineas and Ferb building their [[OnceAnEpisode big project of the day]] ''right behind her''.
** In ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbMissionMarvel'', Linda (still the mother) is listening to a guided tour of the city on her headphones, and is completely oblivious to the big superheroes vs. supervillains battle happening before the Danville town hall, once again right behind her.
* This was is a major trait of Taz's sister Molly in ''TazMania'', ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'', who is almost never seen without her Walkman. In one episode, she just smiles and nods while Bull Gator and Axl cheerfully tell her about their plans to sell her to a zoo.
* In "The Last Temptation" episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' - ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'', Stimpy is totally unaware that Ren is suffering since he has headphones on whilst watching the TV.



* Best way to avoid being hassled by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chugger chuggers]]? Headphones and an MP3 player!
** Works equally well on those people grabbing you to sign their petitions.
* Headphone-wearing joggers and the like have been identified as more targetable for muggers, because one of their senses, hearing, has been compromised and it's easier to catch them by surprise. Some people suggest that cyclists and joggers should only wear one earbud to maintain some auditory awareness of their surroundings.
** They also make higher-profile targets because they are guaranteed to be carrying something that carries music- typically a smartphone- which is more valuable than the average pull.

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* Best way to avoid being hassled by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chugger chuggers]]? Headphones and an MP3 player!
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player! Works equally well on those people grabbing you to sign their petitions.
* Headphone-wearing joggers and the like have been identified as more targetable for muggers, because one of their senses, hearing, has been compromised and it's easier to catch them by surprise. Some people suggest that cyclists and joggers should only wear one earbud to maintain some auditory awareness of their surroundings.
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surroundings. They also make higher-profile targets because they are guaranteed to be carrying something that carries music- music -- typically a smartphone- smartphone -- which is more valuable than the average pull.



** Similarly incapacitated was the Central Park Jogger, Tricia Meili. When her assailant confessed, he recalled the assault in vivid detail, including that he targeted her specifically because her headphones would block out the sound of his advance.
* Bose markets the noise cancelling technology of their Quiet Comfort line of headphones to appeal to those who want a way to tune out their surroundings on their flights, daily commutes, workplaces, and the like.
** Whatever the make, noise-cancelling headphones are often a Godsend for autistic people to protect themselves from potentially meltdown-inducing sensory overload.

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** * Similarly incapacitated was the Central Park Jogger, Tricia Meili. When her assailant confessed, he recalled the assault in vivid detail, including that he targeted her specifically because her headphones would block out the sound of his advance.
* Bose markets the noise cancelling technology of their Quiet Comfort line of headphones to appeal to those who want a way to tune out their surroundings on their flights, daily commutes, workplaces, and the like.
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like. Whatever the make, noise-cancelling headphones are often a Godsend for autistic people to protect themselves from potentially meltdown-inducing sensory overload.



11th Feb '16 2:19:02 AM catmuto
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* ''Manga/{{Watamote}}'' has Tomoko often shown using BlandNameProduct earphones and some official art shows her with headphones on, fitting with her antisocial, awkward and isolated nature.
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