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Meet the people who listen to podcasts 24/7

By Tatum Hunter

28 Aug 2023 · 6 min read

informed Summary

  1. Many people are using podcasts as a constant source of background noise to help them focus, manage their emotions, or combat loneliness. This trend has been facilitated by technological advances such as discreet earbuds and a never-ending stream of audio content.

Kyra Pellant doesn't like silence. So she banished it from her life.

The 29-year-old in Los Angeles wakes up at 6 a.m., pops in her AirPods and starts listening to podcasts. She listens to shows about wellness or true crime while she commutes and works her day job as a marketer. Then she heads to her second gig as a workout instructor, podcasts playing all the while. She listens while she cooks and winds down for the night, and finally she falls asleep - with a podcast playing.

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