I’m a little late getting to this post because, well, yesterday I spent most of my free time trying to figure out a way to watch the USA play their first game in the World Cup. Too bad they lost.
Anyway, I read an article yesterday that really piqued my interest. At first, I didn’t believe it. There is a now a cell phone ring tone that adults cannot hear. The technology began as a way to deter teens from loitering outside of businesses. (I guess the sound is considered so irritating, no one can stand to hear it for any lengthy amount of time.) Well, the technology has backfired a little bit. Kids are now using the sound to hide cell phone calls during class.
Here’s the deal, the technology relies on the fact that most adults lose their ability to hear high-pitched frequencies. And yesterday, a few of us tested it out. One of the guys I work with heard it and came close to screaming. The other guy said he only heard it faintly and even then he wasn’t sure. I couldn’t hear it at all. (Then again, I am nearly deaf in one ear and the other has a constant high-pitch ring. I don’t need a cell phone ring to annoy me. I live with it 24/7.)
So, if you can hear this sound welcome to my every waking minute and you’re hot.