So I work in an office where if you don't take phone calls it's perfectly acceptable to listen to music on headphones via your iPod/Radio/CD Player/Whatever. Most of us who can listen to music while working take complete advantage of this, as it makes the day go faster. But here's the thing, when I get up from my desk I take my headphones off.
Now I do this for several reasons. First and foremost, there are some blind corners in this office, and if you can't hear what's going on you may end up colliding with a coworker. Secondly, I don't keep my iPod in my pocket (so I can skip tracks while listening easily), so I find it easier to just leave it behind on my desk when I'm not sitting down. Thirdly, it just looks silly.
It looks even worse when your headphones are gigantic.
Now, I understand the giant headphones as headphones. They can be significantly more comfortable, and can provide a better sound. And if you're sitting down at a desk listening to something, they look fine. But the instant you start walking around the office with them on you end up looking like an idiot.
That's right, your giant headphones make you look like an ass.
Now, if they're part of a costume (*cough* Vocaloid Characters *cough*) that's also fine -- but in every other case, you look stupid with giant canisters on your head. Sorry, you don't look indie, you don't look cool, you just look like a moron.
I mean, when I'm at the urinal, it actually makes me nervous when someone who has effectively made himself deaf saddles up next to me. I have no confidence in your situational awareness really. I mean, what happens if a KISS song comes on really loud and you jump or something... I have no desire to have you pee on me.
And if you DON'T have music on, that actually makes it worse. I mean, what kind of idiot walks around with silent headphones on? It makes me want to smack people. So, here's your lesson: When you get up from your desk, take your headphones off. Place them on your desk. You can put them back on when you get back.
I'm glad I only wear my giant headphones at the computer then. They really are awesome especially when you wear them at night and you're the only up and still surfing the internet. But I agree don't walk with them on, people often look at you in a funny way.