>This story about headphones, etc. being banned from running races makes me think about our various discussions re audiobooks. I wonder why I’m capable of reading a printed book as a discrete activity, but listening to one requires me to either be in motion or playing solitaire or some low-level computer game. I can’t just sit and listen. Are there any neuro-psych types out there who might be able to explain?
I understand the safety aspect of banning headphones from races but the “purity” aspect of it–that real runners are soooo tuned into their bodies and higher power and all–makes me laugh about how similar it is to readers who turn their nose up at book listeners.