Thursday, November 04, 2004

Music on the job

I've read a lot of debate at Testy Copy Editors on whether it is appropriate for copy editors to listen to music while working. Many say it helps them concentrate. Many say it keeps people from hearing important discussions going on around them. Some say it's unprofessional.

But I found this buried in a feature about Mozart.
Scientists at the University of Washington found that the accuracy of 90 copy editors increased by 21.3 percent when they listened to light classical music.
Anyone know more?


At 9:14 PM, November 04, 2004, Blogger Peter Lynn said...

This is certainly a good study to cite if you're ever criticized for listening to music, if it means you can point to a direct benefit for your employer.

I believe it. I've heard a lot about classical music stimulating the brain. What's supposed to do it is its complexity, as far as I recall. That's not to say you'd get the same effect with math rock, though; you'd want something more sedate.

while I don't listen to classical myself, any music can only help me concentrate if it screens out the managers around me nattering away on speakerphones with their doors wide open. My mp3 player was the best investment of my professional life.

At 10:31 PM, November 04, 2004, Blogger Nicole said...

It doesn't bother me when people listen to music. But the volume should be low enough that if I call out someone's name, he can hear me.

It keeps little distractions from impeding on their work but keeps the music from distracting from mine, too.

At 2:55 PM, November 09, 2004, Blogger Peter Lynn said...

In a word: headphones. Listening to music at work is fine. Making other people listen to your music at work is not. It's the same reason I hate the speakerphone.

Of course you can wear headphones and still crank the volume high enough to disturb people around you with a tinny buzz. This also makes it impossible to hear the phone or other people trying to get your attention, and after a while, it makes it impossible for you to hear anything ever again. So I don't recommend this.

At 3:06 PM, November 09, 2004, Blogger Nicole said...

I've never known people to listen to music at work without headphones. Still, some object.

I have, however, known many to listen to games while at work. Why that's considered OK is beyond me.


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