Thursday, June 15, 2006

Ring Tones

Well, this is disturbing. NYC area school children have started using a ring tone only audible if you're below the age of 24.

Actually, that's not entirely true... It's MOSTLY audible to people with young ears, or people who have a higher threshold for hearing high pitched, awful tones.

There's a NY Times article about it, and they've linked the audio of the ring-tone in mp3 format, so you can listen.

I will say, I can't specifically hear it, but I do get a weird feeling of pressure in my ears, and after listening three times, I feel like my heads about to pop. I can't imagine for someone who can actually hear it that it would be pleasant to get tons of text messages with this thing on.

Via The Hater.


mjs said...

i can TOTALLY hear that - and if it were happening in my classroom i would have to throttle someone.

brian said...

I concur, although throttling might not do this justice. That's really obnoxious.

Monica said...

a radio station in north dakota played the ring tone on the radio (which I, too, heard and was annoyed at). none of the dj's heard it, but were seriously freaked out because it did something to their ears--i think they're headsets were up too high.
interestingly, more women callers could hear it than men. anyone know if women are supposed to hear higher pitches than men?

mjs said...

near my parents' house in queens there's a house that always has this tone coming from it. i don't know if it's a keep-the-moles-away type device or what, but i know that it makes my brain want to shoot out of my head, and my parents can't hear it at all (neither of them).

kathy said...

i can hear it, too. yikes.

Tim said...

I believe the tone originated as some sort of mosquito repellant, but could be wrong. Stores used it initially to keep kids away, and then some kid used it to make a ring tone.