You’ll waste 3.5 days of your life untangling Apple headphones

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EarPods aren't going wireless in 2016.
EarPods aren't going wireless in 2016.
Photo: Buster Hein/Cult of Mac

This one factoid is the greatest reason why Apple needs to kill the headphone: Over the course of your life, you’ll spend a total of 3.5 days untangling headphones.

Edward Aten decided to dive into the math of how much time is wasted in frustration as you endlessly untangle your Apple EarPods. Depending on your listening habits, you may spend up to 32 seconds a day solving the headphone cord puzzle, which adds up ton of wasted seconds over a 38 year span.

Aten calculated the time spent untangling headphones by assuming that he averages four untangles a day: 3 quick untangles at 4 seconds each and one long untangle at 20 seconds.

If you’ve been wear headphones on average of 6 days a week for the past 8 years and plan to blast the beats while you work for the next 30 years, that equals 9,360 wearing days.

The Results:
299,520 seconds untangling headphones.
4,992 minutes.
83.2 hours.

Nearly 3 and a half days (3.4666)!

All this of course assumes Jony Ive won’t kill the headphone jack and wired headphones with the iPhone 7.