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Michael Doig is a science teacher, web developer, and avid traveler who lives in Brooklyn, NY.

The Real Reason iPods Were Invented

If you think they’re for listening to music, you’re wrong. I’ve been in New York for a little over a week now and my iPod has been good for one thing…

Social Isolation.

It cuts the noise on the subway, I don’t have to listen to people next to me, or feel uncomfortable when I’m walking through sketchy neighborhoods.


Wearing your iPod is a like wearing a personal force field. It’s an excuse to ignore everyone around you. You can sit there in the middle of all the chaos and feel comfortable in your own little world.

Even if you can’t hear what’s playing over the screeching brakes of the subway car, it feels better to have your iPod force field on.

It might just cut some of the voices in your head that are telling you that you aren’t supposed to be here. The video and games just add to the strength of the force field, but aren’t much good while walking.

However I like to think Apple added some sort of top secret government technology that they aren’t talking about. Maybe I’ll have to ask next time I’m at the Genius Bar.