Bluetooth Headset

Bluetooth headsets get a bad rap. Naysayers will complain that before the advent of Bluetooth technology, the only people who walked down the street or stepped into an elevator talking to themselves were people best avoided. But now, with small Bluetooth headsets attached to everyone’s ears, it is common to see power executives, joggers, and even children doing just that. The naysayers may have a point. The use of Bluetooth headsets can make for some awkward situations. Have you ever answered someone who spoke to you, only to get confused look? Chances are that person was speaking on a tiny Bluetooth headset to someone on the other end of the line. Talk about embarrassing.

Though the naysayers do have a point, it can also be argued that Bluetooth headsets have been an asset to mankind. But first, where did this Bluetooth technology come from anyway? The word Bluetooth has Scandanavian roots, harkening back to the Anglicized name of the Harald Blaatland, a tenth century king of what is now Norway and Denmark. Blaatland succeeded in organizing the disparate Scandinavian tribes into one kingdom, and his namesake, the Bluetooth device, was designed to mimic him by synchronizing various communication protocols into one standard. That’s why Bluetooth devotees can talk on the phone or listen to music using just one Bluetooth headset. Pretty handy, right?

One of the biggest boons associated with Bluetooth headsets is that they allow users to accomplish tasks hands-free that would once have required tying up a free hand. How many times have you been annoyed while fumbling through your keys or through your pockets or purse or filing cabinet while trying to manage a mobile phone in the other hand. More often than not this nuisance leads either to lack of attention to the call or worse, dropping your mobile phone, breaking it, and paying hundreds of dollars for a new one. Okay, so perhaps that is a bit of a stretch, but Bluetooth headset users want to remind you that they do not have to worry about all that hassle. Wearers of Bluetooth headsets accomplish all those tasks hands-free.

Bluetooth headset users will also tell you that they have the advantage in one of the most dangerous activities to ever have combined with talking on mobile phones – driving. According to the Insurance Information Institute, the rise in popularity of mobile phones has led to increased usage while driving. That, in turn, has led to an increase in the number accidents while driving and talking on the phone. Bluetooth headsets, on the other hand, leave both hands free to managing the wheel .

Bluetooth headset naysayers, on the other hand, also have a statistic to cite from the Insurance Information Institute. That statistic says that, no matter if using a handset or a Bluetooth headset with their mobile phones, people can become so absorbed in their conversations that their ability to concentrate on the act of driving is severely impaired, jeopardizing the safety of vehicle occupants and pedestrians. No matter what your opinion about talking on mobile phones while driving, statistics seem to agree that the safest thing to do is stay off the mobile phone at all times while driving.

No matter how you feel about Bluetooth headsets, it’s clear that this technology is here to stay. There’s no word yet about whether salons will begin offering “Bluetooth hairstyles” designed to artfully cover the little devices, but you can bet that Bluetooth headset naysayers would have a lot (of negative things) to say about such an eventuality. Bluetooth headset or no Bluetooth headset, that is, indeed, the question.

This Bluetooth Headset Review is Written/Updated on Jul 31st, 2009 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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