Are AirPods Drowning Out Student Attention?

Popular wireless headphones are increasing distracted behavior in class.

Howl Reporter Megan Kerchaert demonstrates how simple it is to hide AirBuds earphones.

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Howl Reporter Megan Kerchaert demonstrates how simple it is to hide AirBuds earphones.

Jared August and Megan Kerchaert, Reporters

Many students love listening to music and when Apple introduced their AirPods headphones many students were very excited. Recently CHS students are using AirPods in class while hiding them from teachers.

AirPods were first introduced to the public in December 2016. Their sleek, cutting-edge design, along with cordless connectivity made them very appealing to young consumers. Despite being late to the wireless headphone market, AirPods’ popularity has skyrocketed due to their small size and mass marketing through memes and mentions on social media.

Spanish teacher Amanda Lawrence has had to confront multiple students wearing AirPods in class. The wireless AirPods allow students to hide the headphones in their hoods or under their hair making it difficult for teachers to spot them.

“I would say in class they’ve become pretty popular because people can wear them and especially girls can put their hair over them so they are kind of hard to see,” Lawrence said.

Sophomore Ryan Felrice has AirPods and said that they are fine for use in schools because of the technology that they are created with allowing for easier transportation and usage.

 “They are much easier to take off than actual earbuds. The container is easy to fit in my pocket and it’s easy to be portable,” Felrice said.

Even some students who do not own AirPods believe that they can become a distraction, but also that they are a very good use of technology that students should own and not have issues with outside of the classroom.

“I don’t think there should be any rule banning it; it’s a right for people to have it. Each individual teacher can deal with the situation any way they see fit,” sophomore Ronak Tallur said.

Lawrence does not believe that AirPods will create a significant increase in classroom distractions.

Lawrence said, “I think we’ve become so desensitized to people using earbuds in general that it’s like not even something that stands out anymore.”