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Headphones: How Far The Gender Gap Can Go

Headphones: How Far The Gender Gap Can Go

Headphones. The first thing you can think of when you say this word is high tech news and gadgets, but Generation Y made these items more than just some tech devices. How? What do you do when you start your commute? Put on the headphones! Then you keep them on when you arrive to work, in order to maximize your productivity listening to music, and you will be keeping them on to avoid random contact on your commute back home.

Even if you are not the music addict I am, you probably use headphones pretty frequently. Most people use them to get into the groove at the gym, at least.

The headphone rage

The increased usage of the headphones gave entrepreneurs a new niche to tap into: fashionable headphones! Just a couple of years ago, these items were simple and plain, now you can buy a fashionable pair of Dolce Gabbana crown headphones, which you might remember from Riri’s post. If that’s not your style, you can opt for more discreet, yet very modern and stylish headphones by designer Alexander Wang, brought to you by Beats.

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Beats is not the only company which is now asking famous designers to work their magic on headphones. This trend led to “girly”, jewelry-like headphones manufactured just for women to compliment their earrings and hairstyles. Now you are not only looking for the best wireless earbuds, but also for earbuds that match your iPhone shade, because you’re buying them to accessorize your running outfit. After all, running in a matching outfit is far more important than listening to the right tune (not that anyone said this or ever will).

Women-only headphones

The trend of manufacturing headphones especially for women was taken to the extremes not only by designers who are now selling four figure couture headphones, but also by companies which advertise their headphones as scientifically designed for female needs. According to Skullcandy’s brand director, women’s ears are configured differently, compared to men’s ears; thus, we need special headphones.

Is this legit? My efforts to find a study which can support Skullcandy’s statements left me empty-handed, so I can’t say if they are right or not, but the idea that unisex headphones are not practical seems a little far-fetched to me. Maybe it’s just me, but maybe I just managed to sniff out the marketing efforts of the companies which try to sell us pricier headphones.

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Oh, what happened with the traditional headphones and earbuds?

A potential answer for this question is “they turned into fashion statement items” because the gender gap is growing larger and larger, but millennial fashionistas found another use for them in the hair styling department. After all, what can you expect, after Vogue called headphones the “Summer’s Ultimate Accessory”?

Headphones, the latest hair styling tool?

Let’s leave the best headphones apart for some moments and focus on your hair, on those last days of the week, when your strands are so rich in dry shampoo, you feel you could support the entire dry shampoo industry on your own. On those days, when washing your hair is just too much for you, the headphones are your best friend in styling your tresses.

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I haven’t tested this method yet, but I think it’s safe enough to say that it may work, especially when you want to listen to music and style your dirty hair before going to work.

Conclusion

As we live a high tech life, the attempt to get some style from our gadgets is completely legit, but from choosing a pair of stylish headphones over the plain white ones that can be seen from a mile away, to spending thousands of dollars on Gabbana or Alexander Wang is going too far. Way too far for me.

I totally agree with the need to buy your phone in an elegant shade of rose, but women-only headphones? I think I’ll pass. My unisex headphones are completely able to help me style my hair!

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Last Updated on May 28, 2020

How to Overcome Boredom

How to Overcome Boredom

Have you ever been bored? Restless? Fidgety? In need of some inspiration?

I have a theory on boredom. I believe that the rate of boredom has increased alongside the pace of technology.

If you think about it, technology has provided us with mobile phones, laptops, Ipads, device after device – all to ultimately fix one problem: boredom.

What is Boredom?

We have become a global nation that feeds on entertainment. We associate ‘living’ with ‘doing’. People now do not know how to sit still, and we feel guilty when we are not doing anything. Today, inactivity has become the ultimate sin.

You might not realize it, but boredom stimulates a form of anxiety and stress. It evokes an emotional state that creates frustration and feeds procrastination.

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It’s a desire to be ‘doing something’ or to be ‘entertained’ – it’s a desire for sensory stimulation. What it boils down to is a lack of focus.

If you think about those times when you’re bored, it’s usually because you did not know what to do. So, indecision also plays a big part.

When we are focused on what’s important to us and what we want to achieve, it’s pretty hard to be bored. So, one answer to boredom is to become focused on what you want.

Sometimes It’s Good to Be Bored

If boredom is a desire for sensory stimulation – then what’s the opposite of that? To be content with no stimulation – in other words – to enjoy stillness.

Sometimes, it’s not boredom itself that causes the frustration but the resistance to doing nothing.

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Think about it. What would happen if you were to ‘let go’ of the desire to be entertained? You wouldn’t be bored anymore, and you will feel more relaxed!

In my experience, it’s often the most obvious, simplistic solutions that are the most powerful in life. So, when you’re bored, the easiest way to combat this is to enjoy it.

It may sound weird but think of ‘boredom’ as a form of ‘relaxation’. It’s a break from the constant stimulation that 21st-century living provides – constant TVs, mobile phones, radios, internet, emails, phone calls, etc.

Who knows, maybe ‘boredom’ is actually good for us?

Next time you’re ‘feeling bored’ instead of feeding the frustration by frantically looking for something to do, maybe you can sit back, relax, and savor the feeling of having nothing to do.

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In this article, I’ll share with you my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom.

3-Step Strategy to Overcome Boredom

1. Get Focused

Instead of chasing sensory stimulation at random, focus on what’s really important to you. Focusing on something important helps prevent boredom because it forces you to utilize your time productively.

You should ask yourself: what would make good use of your time? What could you be doing that would contribute to your major goals in life?

Here are a few ideas:

  • Spend some time in quiet contemplation considering what’s important to you.
  • Start that creative project you’ve been talking about for the last few weeks.
  • Brainstorm: think of some ideas for new innovative products or businesses.

2. Kill Procrastination

Boredom is useful in some ways because it gives you the energy and time to do things. It is only a problem if you let it. But if you use it to motivate yourself to be productive, then you can more easily overcome boredom.

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So, the next time you’re bored, why not put this good energy to use by ticking off those things that you have been meaning to get done but have been too busy to finish? This also presents a great time for you to clear your to-do list.

Here are some ideas:

  • Do some exercise.
  • Read a book.
  • Learn something new.
  • Call a friend.
  • Get creative (draw, paint, sculpt, create music, write).
  • Do a spring cleaning.
  • Wash the car.
  • Renovate the house.
  • Re-arrange the furniture.
  • Write your shopping list.
  • Water the plants.
  • Walk the dog.
  • Sort out your mail & email.
  • De-clutter (clear out that wardrobe).

3. Enjoy Boredom

If none of the above solutions work, then you can try a different approach. Don’t give in to boredom and instead choose to enjoy it. This doesn’t mean allowing yourself to waste your time being bored. Instead, think of it as your time to relax and re-energize, which will help you be more productive the next time you work.

Contrary to popular belief, we don’t need to be constantly doing things to be productive. In fact, research has shown that people are more productive when they take periods of rest to recharge.[1] Taking breaks once in a while helps boost your performance and can help make you feel more motivated.

So, take some time to relax. You never know, you might even like it.

Final Thoughts

Learning how to overcome boredom may be difficult at the beginning, but it can be easier if you make use of some techniques. You can start with my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom and work your way from there. So, ready your mind and make use of these tips, and you will be overcoming boredom in no time.

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