Counter point is I was on a 8 hour bike ride 3 days ago, no music, nothing in my ears, just a lifetime of thoughts and music in head. The zero technology alternative.
I have one bike route where I’m passing through a few thousand people, and it’s the ones with things in their ears almost getting run over.
In past times, music was enjoyed in a sit down place, so concert halls, pubs, clubs, home. Is it better now? I’m not so sure. Folks isolating from others in public transport isn’t being particularly social. Being social in your phone screen isn’t real.