In fact, they make you look like a tool. Here was something I noticed in Atlanta airport the other day. I also include what I imagined them saying to each other.
Why can’t Bluetooth headsets look good? It’s good old human nature. People are uncomfortable with anything that looks like it’s growing out of a person’s body, like a mutation. Bluetooth headsets always look like mutations.
This natural aversion to mutants is further exacerbated in the victim’s mind by the fact that Bluetooth headset wearers seem so (a) proud or (b) ignorant, of how they look. The fact the average Bluetooth wearer looks like he’s (yes it’s almost always guys) talking to himself like a crazy people rounds out the discomfort.
My advice to Bluetooth headset brand designers: (1) make them easy to remove and store somewhere convenient.(2) have an alert that comes on after 10 seconds of hanging up an active call, of a female whisper into the forgetful user’s ear that says “Please remove the headset. I know you’re not a bad person, but you look like a dork, and if you leave it on then everyone will think you’re an idiot” and (3) design one that doesn’t look like it’s growing out of the ear.