Photo Source: Apple
Ok, I do understand that Apple is somewhat guilty for planting this bug in the public consciousness, thanks to their Holiday AirPods commercial back in 2017. Still, just because Apple shows people swapping buds to make a connection doesn’t mean it’s a good idea.
So where did this really come from? TicTok and teenagers, of course:
We dramatically under-estimate the problem solving abilities of a group of teenage girls by a lot. https://t.co/loqx6kt0EB
— Jess Zimbabwe (@jzimbabwe) January 22, 2020
So I do have to agree with the Tweet above. This is a very creative way to get around the issues of talking in class. I do have to tip my cap for the out of the box thinking.
However, let’s also use a little common sense here. Gen Z and younger: have you ever LOOKED at your AirPods after a few days of use without cleaning? A better question might be, have you ever cleaned your AirPods? Once? Has it ever even occurred to you?
Before you lob an “Ok, Boomer” at me (I’m actually a proud Gen Xer), I say all of the above because I have 3 teenage kids and I’ve owned AirPods since the hit the market. I know how little the former usually care about cleaning things and how nasty the latter get if you don’t stay on top of them. My wife and I just agreed that we wouldn’t swap my AirPods or her Powerbeats Pro, so we wouldn’t care for any of our 3 kids doing it, either. And we both clean our wireless buds often. It’s still gross.
If you and your friends UV blast your AirPods and keep cleaning wipes on your person at all time, then maybe this isn’t so bad. However, any of us parents of teens out here know this is isn’t real, so please just find another creative solution to handle your in-class chatting needs. I give you guys an A for effort, but there’s a better (or at least more sanitary) way now. Next time, just keep your own AirPod in and turn on Announce Messages with Siri. It’s a more boring, but FAR less nasty solution.