I thought about using headphones but at least to my experience something about headphones encourages other people to ignore the fact that I wear some and talk to me nevertheless. The thinking process must be something like "Oh he's using headphones so he must be bored/lonely - I will just start to talk to him despite the fact that he can't hear me right now to solve this problem he is clearly having"
Funny, because the opposite happens between me and my girl; if I play a game, she usually reckons I would rather be left relatively undisturbed, so she boots up the PC or something. Then I daren't disturb her, because clearly she's occupied by the wonderful world of the Internet. This can go on for hours, which sometimes feels pretty awkward, but I guess it's better than the alternative.
I also hate (in the "I have to get the fuck out of here even though I'm in my underwear and it's freezing outside" way) pretty much all the music she likes, although at first she found it difficult to believe that I didn't begin hating it because of her. Yeah, women, go figure. Naturally she hates some of the heavier music that I like, so we have a no-music-through-speakers-or-TV deal whenever the other is around. Yes, we're pretty weird.
I don't know if all females act the same but I usually feel some kind of basic requirement to be available for my gf. Often she will start to talk about something completely out of the blue and if I'm not immediately with her I get the usual "you never listen" treatment.
Seems to happen around here too, except that she usually realizes that I a) am not interested in the subject or 2) have no idea what she's on about. The Finnish soap opera Salatut Elämät
is the worst. I'm not interested in who killed whom, which characters were taken out of the show in what way and who happens to be the illegitimate son of the lady who killed the cute little boys who kissed three episode ago and all that shit, yet she keeps bombarding me with this vacuous crap even though I have asked her many times not to. She's got other friends, some of whom watch the stupid show, why not speak to them?