Considering how common it is, I would think that we need to create a word for a couple that is conjoined at the earbuds, as in


I couldn't find an appropriate word in the Urban Dictionary.

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    earbuddies? sonic twins? Hmmn, seems earbuddies is already in use.
    – Cascabel
    Jun 9 '16 at 19:26
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    @Gandalf That's too bad, since it seems so appropriate. I think we need to repurpose it.
    – Barmar
    Jun 9 '16 at 20:07
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    mono y mono ;).
    – Phil Sweet
    Jun 9 '16 at 21:23
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    I think "conjoined at the earbud" is probably the best description there is.
    – Hot Licks
    Jun 17 '16 at 21:38
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    Urban Dictionary has a number of suggestions, including YPodding (from 2007), bipodding (also from 2007), and dipodding (from 2005). Also, more contemporarily, given the demise of the iPod, ear buddying (from 2011).
    – Sven Yargs
    Jun 21 '16 at 17:11

Urban Dictionary actually suggests several terms for this phenomenon. Among them:

dipoding [December 4, 2005] A word meaning "dual ipoding". I came up with this word to describe the often-seen act of two people sharing an ipod (one person has an earbud in one ear, one in the other). This can be done with a CD player as well, but it seems to look cooler with an ipod for some reason. It also may be more common with ipods because fewer people have one.

ipod sex [January 11, 2006] The simultaneous use of an ipod by two people, whereby one of the participants uses the designated right earbud and the other participant the left.

bipodding/BiPodding [February 21, 2007 & February 25, 2007] The act of sharing an Ipod's headphones so that two people can listen at the same time, each using one headphone. [or] Sharing a single set of headphones attached to one iPod. One person holds the iPod and takes the left earbud, the other takes the right earbud. Can be performed while moving.

ear cuddling [November 29, 2007 & September 25, 2013] The act of two people sharing a single set of headphones attatched to one MP3/music player. [or] When Two People Share Ear Buds Together.

YPodding [June 30, 2007] The act of sharing one of your earbuds of your iPod with a friend, creating a Y-shape with the cables.

ear buddying [April 24, 2011] Two people sharing a soundtrack using only one pair of headphones, aka wax swapping.

One problem with product-specific slang is that it can quickly become obsolete if the product it's tied to loses cachet (or vanishes altogether). When the iPod lost most of its market share to the iPhone (and to competing music-capable smartphones), the appeal of most of the terms suggested above vanished. It's regrettable in this case because "YPodding," especially, seems nicely descriptive of the photograph in the OP's question. On the other hand, ear buddying and ear cuddling may survive because they aren't tethered to a particular product or product category.

One Urban Dictionary concept that I think might have some staying power is earphone distance (or more accurately, earbud distance): "[January 14, 2008] The distance two people have to be from each other in order to share the earp[ie]ces of a single set of earphones."

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