For most humans, most of the time, music is merely the soundtrack for their lives - predictable background melodies and choruses designed to fill up the uncomfortable silences. So what makes audiophiles different? They put music and the act of listening to music as something worthy of their entire attention.
In this age of multi-tasking I wonder if younger humans do find it harder to sit in one spot and "only" listen to music? None of the teenagers I've had in my home do only one thing at a time, except for reading, and even then it's usually reading AND background music and or video.
Personally, I find it easier to concentrate on one thing as I've gotten older, so maybe it's an age thing...but if a stereo can't grab my attention to the point of only doing one thing - listening to music through it, then hasn't done it's job.
So my question for this bright and clear Monday morning is simple - how much time do you spend "just" listening to music?
I do most of my listening on my desktop stereo rather than either of my two room-based systems. Why? Because I spend far more time working at my desktop, and while I'm working I often get dragged away by the music playing there.
The late Harvey Rosenberg coined the phrase "musical ecstasy" to describe that moment when the music captures your consciousness. And, if you want to experience this altered state I firmly believe that you can't do it while texting...