Back in my high school days, the Walkman as well as a myriad of knock-offs were en vogue. They were our version of the iPod if the iPod was large, ugly, had a short battery life and could only carry one album at a time on a cassette. Despite it all, we managed and were happy campers.
But our teachers hated them. So much, in fact, that I seem to recall them saying this phrase over and over during my high school years:
You keep listening to that thing like that and you’ll be deaf by the time you’re 40!
I suppose that was meant to deprive us of our happiness. It never seemed to work.
So here I am about a month from my 44th birthday, sitting with earbuds in my ears listening to my iPod which carries my entire music collection on it and can fit in my pocket.
I can still hear just fine. Most of my high school teachers are now dead.
I think it’s clear to see who won this battle.