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Do You Wear a Bluetooth Headset When It’s Not in Use?

In recent years (and even months, due to the Hands Free Law), the use of Bluetooth earpieces has become more and more common, and I'm increasingly seeing more and more people on the street wearing them, which is great!

They're convenient and wireless and that's nice and all, but seriously. What is this trend of wearing them when you're not using them (or expecting a call)? I'm not talking about keeping it in the car (which gets a free pass for safety's sake), I mean just putting them on, walking the streets (or the mall, or where I inevitably see a gaggle of them: the airport), and sporting them like an accessory. No one's calling.

Is it the anxiety that you might get a call and won't be able to get it on and connect fast enough? Educate me, inactive Bluetooth headset wearers!

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HelenG HelenG 6 years
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Nectar Nectar 8 years
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skigurl skigurl 8 years
i wish there was an option that said "no - and i hate people who do!"
suziryder suziryder 8 years
I had one, but the sound quality was terrible so I went back to a plain old corded headset. I think anyone who wears a bluetooth headset when not making a call looks like an enormous tool. :)
chicobo chicobo 8 years
If I'm expecting a call I do. Especially since I got this ginormous bag that I can't find anything for the life of me...
Schaianne Schaianne 8 years
I do while driving and out shopping - I miss way too many calls from loud store music/crowds/etc that having it in my ear means I won't.
Foxy-Frazee Foxy-Frazee 8 years
I'll wear mine mainly when I'm driving and sometimes when I'm doing stuff at home which required me to use both of my hands changing diapers, cleaning, cooking besides I'm cursed with small ears and the darn thing don't stay on all the time.
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 8 years
Wearing one while you're driving is OK and makes sense. But walking around town, going out to eat, sitting in meetings, sitting at your desk -- wearing a BT headset makes you look like a total douchebag. AND FOR THE LOVE OF GOD STOP SENDING TEXTS WHILE DRIVING!!! Was it not enough that a train conductor killed himself and 19 other people recently while texting?!?!?
TidalWave23 TidalWave23 8 years
I got one a few years back when I was working in D.C. and the laws required it. But I would never wear it unless I was on a call. It's now collecting dust somewhere.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 8 years
I only wear it when I'm using it, even though my hair completely covers mine.
justanerd1975 justanerd1975 8 years
There's a woman who always wears them to our meetings, the whole time. In a meeting! It's not like she can take a call-so what's the point? We're always asked to turn off our cell phones or put them on vibrate! I have never worn a bluetooth in my life. They cannot be that comfortable. And do they even have a vibrate setting??
carak carak 8 years
i dont have one because i have no need for one. we don't have handsfree laws in VA yet & even if we did i would just not answer a call if i was driving unless i knew it was important. ugh the thing that annoys me the MOST about bluetooth headsets is when people dont take them off when they go into a movie theater. then all you see is that flashing blue light during the whole movie!
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 8 years
I usually put mine on when I leave the office for lunch, and don't bother to take it off when I return. It's sometimes difficult to hear my phone in my purse when I'm running errands, and it's a pain to dig it out before it rolls over to voice mail. It's certainly not pretentious. If I get a call from DH or one of the kids, it's much easier tho just slap the button than dig out my phone. It's nothing like MP3 player headphones, because you never know when a call will come in. I presume you know when you expect the music to start playing (or not).
VeganDragan VeganDragan 8 years
I call people who wear them when not on a call "BlueTools". But I have to use one in the car because I live in CA and it's state law now. :::shrugs::: But I don't stay on the phone if I go into a store, it's just obnoxious. The only time I'll stay on is if I'm walking from car to home.
verily verily 8 years
Seeing people walk around in those is a pet peeve of mine. I can understand it for certain jobs, but Joe Schmoe sitting in a restaurant with one on is just for show. I almost turned down renting a house based on the realtor walking around like a dick with one in his ear.
Jyramiah Jyramiah 8 years
Well I think it would be kind of a pain in the butt to have to keep taking it off and putting it back on. I don't wear them, or even own one, but I can see it would be a bit of an inconvenience. Except when people randomly start talking I think they're a little crazy, but then I see they have a Bluetooth. Meh.
stone_soup stone_soup 8 years
I just think it's quite a pretentious thing. But I do understand that it's a necessary tool for some people.
tglilly tglilly 8 years
The people who walk around wearing them when they aren't on a call only are doing it because they want everyone else to know how very important they are. I can't stand those people.
gemsera gemsera 8 years
I used to have a bluetooth headset which switched between my office phone and my work mobile, which was heaps handy, it was permanently on my head unless I was out to lunch... Took it off when I went home/shopping on the way home from work etc. But then I was permanently on the damn phone, so it was necessary. Now I dont even have one - just dont pick up the phone whilst driving!
Diana172 Diana172 8 years
You mean the mid-life crisis badge? No, I never wear a bluetooth headset.
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