Full article here (BBC).
If you thought you liked the iPod because of its looks, think again. It could, according to one academic, be a way of regaining your personal space.
"There's the visual domination of explaining urban experience," he says, "but if you look at it through sound you get different explanations."
Through interviews with Walkman owners and now iPod buyers, he found that listening to music acts as a shield, aura or cocoon.
Using headphones helps to keep the world at bay and reclaim some space.
Digital players in general and the iPod in particular are having a dramatic effect on the way people behave, he says. He has interviews lined up with hundreds more users to see what further lessons can be learnt and what possible impact the technology might have on people's lives as it develops further.
What about this? Do you think this guy is right in the one way or the other? Do you do or experience this yourself?