I still remember the first time I saw someone order at a coffee shop without removing their AirPods. I’d seen people with regular headphones do this many times before, of course, but they had just seemed obviously rude. Strangely, this person didn’t. He carried himself with a nonchalant ease, his body language reflecting the calm knowledge that his behaviour was not only acceptable but somehow prescient.

I've seen this a lot lately, especially by younger people. They talk to their friends, AirPods still in their ears.

Now with the AirPods Pro and the fantastic transparency mode, this might happen even more. I even catch myself doing it regularly.