I may write about technology for a living, but I’m not always quick to embrace a new technology or product that’s otherwise sweeping the nation. And a pretty good example of that involves the Apple AirPods.

Apple first introduced its wireless earbuds in 2016, at which point the AirPods became seemingly ubiquitous, landing in just about everyone’s ears but mine. “What a silly fad,” I thought. “Those stems dipping down from people’s ears look ridiculous,” I sneered. “Why spend $159 — one hundred and fifty-nine American dollars! — on earbuds when Apple includes a wired pair of EarPods with your iPhone?” I observed. “These people are fools,” I concluded.