Most of us love to listen to music at work, and the reasons are quite obvious. Firstly, because we want to get rid of the chaos at the office and secondly, we want to focus on the particular job we’re doing. There is also this particular group of people who think listening to music is a distraction which hampers their productivity. But if you follow what the researchers have to say, listening to music can be beneficial at work, depending upon the kind of task you are doing.
Simone Ritter from Radboud University in the Netherlands and Sam Ferguson from the University of Technology in Australia focused upon the study of how listening to different genres of music affected one’s thought process when compared to working in silence.
The researchers came to the conclusion that listening to happy music helped improving participants' ‘divergent thinking’, which actually is proportional to the creative thought process.
However, the study also found that music had no such impact on one’s convergent thinking or in other words which we call the problem-solving and logical one.
Another study which was done at the University of Miami also said that people who listened to music completed the tasks more quickly and gave better ideas than those who did not. Another study which was done at the University of Miami also said that people who listened to music completed the tasks more quickly and gave better ideas than those who did not.
However, the researchers say that choosing the right kind of music helps in determining your work productivity. For instance, music composed of complicated or unheard lyrics can be distracting because the listener might struggle to understand the meaning and message of the songs. Similarly, if you are listening to a song for the very first time, it is quite an obvious fact that you will pay attention to it as well while working.
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