Does listening to music work when working, and some psychology behind it.

According to USA Today, Music is hitting a high note in the office. Portable music players such as iPods are increasingly showing up on the job, a trend that’s being praised as a boon to productivity as well as criticized as a safety risk and employee distraction.  “Walkmans were the first type of listening devices to show up in the work place” (By Stephanie Armour, USA TODAY,P1, par 6, web).  Sometimes I play the wrong type of music at the wrong times of day. One of them said, ‘Earth Wind and Fire at 9:30 a.m. is just not right,’ ” he says in an e-mail. “Sometimes in those random occasions when someone is having an extremely bad day, there is nothing quite like scrolling through my iPod library and cranking the Muppets theme song.”(By Stephanie Armour, USA TODAY,P1, par 5, web).  Music overall can control moods.  You may be more productive with music, but a song you can rewind, reality you can’t.  Music can even affect our way we see things in front of us.  This is displayed by this video below.

Music is a universal language, but working with music is not.

“More than 40 million Apple iPods have been sold as of January, and at offices all around the USA employees can be seen working or walking the halls with the telltale white Apple iPod ear buds that trail from the portable MP3 players. Use of MP3 players tends to vary with job type. Eighty percent of technical and creative workers listen to music more than 20% of their working hours, according to research on MP3 use by CIMI, a Voorhees, N.J.- based research and technology assessment firm.”(Stephanie Armour, USA TODAY,P1, par 9 5, web).

“MP3 use is also getting higher in certain types of factory and other jobs,” Says CIMI President Tom Nolle.

Not all employers are welcoming the development.

“We do not look kindly on anyone who puts on earphones and starts listening to iPods,” says Mario Almonte, a vice president at Herman Associates, a New York-based marketing and communications company. “It looks like you’re not working, and it’s not a professional presentation. It’s still a device that distracts you.”(Stephanie Armour, USA TODAY,P1, par 9 5, web). 

listening to music on speakers can be very distracting, but ear buds is not the solution.

Employee safety. IPods can pose a distraction and may prevent the wearer from hearing warning alarms and bells or warnings shouted by co-workers, e-mails Linda Tapp, of Crown Safety in Cherry Hill, N.J. MP3 players can prevent wearers from hearing other workplace sounds such as moving forklifts, which can lead to serious injury. MP3s can affect the safety of workers in non-industrial settings as well, she says, by masking the sounds of strangers who are in the area or approaching. .”(Stephanie Armour, USA TODAY,P1, par 21)  The final thing hazardous is by downloading songs company data can be erased, and possibly the computers can be infected by viruses.

Be attentive, listening to sounds around you to end up safe and sound not just for a job, a school or university, but promote attentiveness , and unity.

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2 thoughts on “Does listening to music work when working, and some psychology behind it.

  1. Adam Tasma says:

    Something that I think should also be mentioned is the damage that ear buds can do to ears. My doctor said that because the buds go directly into the canal, the sound waves don’t have time to reverbrate and its much much worse that having the traditional headphones. Another reason to limit music consumption.

  2. ha000840 says:

    It is understandable that a company focused on marketing and communications would not be so keen on iPods and headphones in the work environment – communication is vital to their business! One of the biggest downsides to having an iPod with headphones is being disconnected from the people who surround you. At times, it can even distract you from your work, which slows your productivity and comprehensiveness. If you take the time to observe your reaction to people with their headphones in, 99% of the time they look unapproachable. Some employers do not appreciate this result, and so it’s better to just leave the music at home and keep the work area as a friendly environment for everyone. I understand the argument however that with certain occupations, playing your favorite music boost productivity. Performing/creating art is a good example. A carpenter may want to jam to his classic rock radio station while putting the finishing touches on his custom-made furniture. A factory worker may need tasteful music to pick up his mundane assembly work. Truck drivers may need music to keep them awake and attentive. Along with all of these positive attributes of listening to music through headphones, however, comes the risk of not hearing safety alarms or traffic signals. My advice: don’t absolutely depend on music as a pick-me-up. If music is not allowed in your work environment, focus your attention on getting more sleep. That way all of your attention goes towards your work productivity.

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