There was a great section in this month’s issue of Wired, called “How to Behave: New Rules for Highly Evolved Humans.” The article discusses all types of tech related etiquette, like texting during parties, leaving your handheld on the bar, etc.. But, my favorite is the one about the bluetooth headsets. Thank you thank you thank you, for validating us, on this one. Where some have attempted to make them fashion accessories (plating them with precious metals, and slapping labels on them), Wired calls it how it is. The blurb is penned by Maren Jinett. I believe that Jinett hits the nail on the head, here:
Perhaps spending your formative years watching The Six Million Dollar Man and RoboCop gave you the mistaken impression that upgrading your body with electronics is the height of cool. Let’s be clear: Walking around with a Bluetooth device in your ear is pure douchebaggery. There is no excuse for it.
Oh man. douchebaggery? Hahahahah. Well stated. It is a pretty good sign that something is bad form, when even the hardcore geeks can recognize it. I mean, the bluetooth is a great tool, if you have to be on the phone while driving, or juggling babies, or something. But when ever I see people just wearing them around town, I can’t help but automatically assume that their personality is exactly like the bluetooth guy in Breaking Bad, who cuts off Walter White in the bank parking lot.