Talk Amongst Yourself

You may have seen me before—I’m the guy in the airport departure lounge using a hands-free headset with my cell phone, but holding the phone to the side of my face anyway. Why? So I won’t look like a weirdo talking to myself.

Ah—but I think I can stop worrying about how this looks, if observed practice is a sign of social acceptance. In my first half hour in the Frankfurt, Germany, airport this morning I saw people walking through the terminal talking to themselves in at least 3 languages, with their inconspicuous headset cords and cell phones hidden in pockets and the folds of jackets.

Do you feel funny talking to yourself like this in public?

Steve Yastrow posted this on October 18, 2004, in Technology.
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