can you listen to music and work at the same time?

Australia
April 24, 2009 1:50am CST
i want to hear different people's opinions on this. i can listen to music and study/revise/do homework etc. but some of my friends say that music just distracts them while they are working. i personally think it helps me think. what is your opinion?
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@sammyspam (374)
• Australia
24 Apr 09
I think it depends on what I am doing, if im studying for a test i prefer to have no music playing so I can fully concentrate on my studying. If I am writing a report or researching on the internet I always have music playing because it prevents the work from getting boring. I try to listen to soft music when I do listen to music while doing work or study, nothing to heavy as it can get very distracting.
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• Australia
28 Apr 09
that is a good point. but i find some soft songs put me to sleep and therefore make me less alert on what i am doing. but heavy music keeps me awake and alert....so i guess there are ups and downs with soft and heavy music while working
• Philippines
24 Apr 09
I listen to music every time I am studying. It really helps to relax my mind and makes it easy for me to memorize. I enjoy having music whenever I work to be alive and to put away my stress and tiredness. We have the same friends. My friends don't like music because they say its just a disturbance and it will lengthen the time of their work.
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• Australia
28 Apr 09
music helps you memorize? hmmm...sometimes i find that after ive done my homework and i have to recall what i was revising i get the song stuck in my head. does that happen to you too?
• Australia
28 Apr 09
*song playing at that point in time
• Philippines
29 Apr 09
Sometimes but it really helps me a lot because its so boring if you'd study the whole day.Right?
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@glistar (127)
• United States
24 Apr 09
For the most part I listen to music when I do my homework and if I'm ever at the library, I ALWAYS have my iPod with me. General silence makes me very distracted and makes me want to do something other than study. With music, it distracts me from the fact that I'm boringly sitting at a desk studying...and being miserable. Hahaha. Things get kind of dicey when I listen to music and read my textbook. It often gets hard to remember the last paragraph I wrote.
@glistar (127)
• United States
24 Apr 09
I mean read.
• United States
24 Apr 09
It depends on the subject. When I'm doing english, I can listen to music and be fine. Math, I can listen to music and watch tv... they actually seem to help me do math. Spanish, I can have tv on in the background. Science, I think I can listen to music, but it can't be a song that's distracting to me. History, I can't listen to music or watch tv. Other subjects, I can usually listen to music and watch tv, since other subjects don't usually require as much concentration. I think I named everything... I'm too sleepy to think right now :P
• Australia
28 Apr 09
now that is what i call multitasking. even i cant do homework, listen to music AND watch tv at the same time....yet i can play guitar and watch tv at same time (which is sort of similar, for i am revising how to play guitar, listening to music from guitar and watching tv)
@wavelander (1530)
• Portugal
24 Apr 09
Yes, but now i moved to another computer that doesn't have speakers. It's boring.
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@fwangaa (3058)
• China
24 Apr 09
no, I don’t usually do that, I think it will be a bit trouble I I worked with listening music, I don’t like to do two things at the same time. I must do my best at the same thing, if you do the things to others , you will not have a energy put it do the best. You will lose your energy to others things.cheer
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• Australia
28 Apr 09
but this is the multitask generation. surely music isnt THAT distracting that you cant concentrate at all on working
@s8tern (76)
• Egypt
26 Apr 09
if you are just doing manual stuff, like building stuff, cleaning, working out...etc yeah, music helps a lot. but, when you are doing something that requires concentration , then music is your worst enemy ever, because when you listen to music while say doing homework, you will be distracted by the lyrics, and the music, almost 60% of your entire concentration will go to following the song and music so, in my opinion , music is bad when studying , but great for doing chores, or working out....just manual stuff really...
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@sqishy (13)
• United States
26 Apr 09
i like to listen to music or tv when i'm reading or studying. I don't know why, but whenever i turn off the tv to read, I can't concentrate. But when it is on, I can concentrate.
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• United States
25 Apr 09
yea,i usually do.i'm kind of the reverse-it allows me to focus better by drowning everything else out LOL whenever i had jobs that let us have a radio,the work environment seemed to be better.good music makes the time go faster.
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@charblaize (1030)
• United States
25 Apr 09
Yes, at work we tend to keep the radio on, it seems to motivate us and get us going alittle faster. I also like to listen to music when i study, when i get into a deep study i usually tend to blend it out though. I listen to music in the car, at work, at home, on TV and also on my computer (if it don't make it slow) :))
@ryzach (1546)
• United States
25 Apr 09
I love having music on when I am working. Now some times it can be too loud and that can hinder my concentration or if it is some type of music I don't really care for(I like most genres) or a song I do not like then it can be distracting. Other than that I feel it helps me get through the day and be more productive.
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@pal7604 (98)
• Sweden
25 Apr 09
Oh YES! I have to have Roy & Diz ON when I prepare the employees salaries! This is a must otherwise, it takes me an hour longer to finish it. Try listening to Roy Eldridge & Dizzy Gillespie trumpet battle. If you like jazz you'll understand what I am saying.... Absolutely music makes things easier at work. Whichever type of music. There was a research about this and was proven having good results. (Music at work)
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@megalia (60)
• Indonesia
24 Apr 09
I love music very much. I like to listen to the music when I'm studying, doing homework, working, even driving, etc. music can help me to feel better and happy in doing something especially when I'm stress or in bad mood. It help me to enjoying my life.
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
24 Apr 09
For me silence is deafening. I have to have music playing. Without music playing I just hear too many other things around me that distract me. I am in my 50s and have been listening to music my entire life and would just fade away without it. If I am listening to audios or watching videos I do have to turn off my music but as soon as it's done the music is back on again. If I am not listen to music on my computer I have the radio on in my office with the remote right at my finger tips. As soon as a song is done I hit the next channel.
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@spirite68 (185)
• France
24 Apr 09
Yes, I can easily listen music and study in the same time ;)
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@Ritasmile (127)
• China
24 Apr 09
I like music very much.But I can't listen to music when work because I don't have ear phone in the office.I am a newbie in the company and care about the job.I want to do well.^_^
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• United States
26 May 09
I love music and I only listen to music that I like, and I have a pretty narrow scope of what I like, mostly classical music. But I can't listen to music and work because I find myself listening to the music and not working.
@Theresaaiza (10466)
• Australia
24 Apr 09
I can't listen to music while studying and it's very distracting for me. I'm really amused by people who can do both things at the same time. :-)