Scene: a bus-stop in Tampines. Laura reaches gingerly into her latest Prada handbag for a music listening device, her iPod, while waiting for a bus. Her face turns whiter with each passing second as she fails to locate the iPod last seen in the inner pouch of the gold- framed bag. When she decided that it was not to be found, she cursed her journey to work a wretched one before even embarking on it.
Laura and her over-attachment towards her iPod, is a case familiar to an extreme music junkie, now more so with the increasingly popular iPad. Music as a companion on incredibly lonely trips is comforting to those who do not wish to space out in a strange environment, and those determined to keep out chaos.
However, by seeking refuge in our music listening devices, have we inadvertently become slaves to a robotic electronic device?
Slaves seem too crude a word in describing an activity so normal to the young. Perhaps not so once we realise the amount of risk our ears are at as a result of plugging noise into one of those eardrums.