Playing Blasting Music with headset while reading: Good or Bad?

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Playing Blasting Music with headset while reading: Good or Bad?

Post by Lenifty02 » 23 Apr 2018, 01:04

I know a girl who does this. Each time she wants to read, she plugs in her headset, tunes it up, before grabbing her books.

I felt it strange so I asked her about it. This was her reply,
"I don't know. I just understand better that way"

Now I don't know what else to say to her. Is plugging an earphone/headset in your ears while reading good or bad?
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Post by Elmo1997 » 23 Apr 2018, 01:11

Too much of a distraction to actually enjoy the book

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Post by KasieMiehlke » 23 Apr 2018, 09:51

I think it depends on what you are listening to. I personally enjoy listening to classical music while I read.

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Post by Amberlily » 04 May 2018, 16:27

Hmm... I mean I like music quietly playing in the background while I read but not right in my ears. I do think it depends what it is though. I can't listen to music with words while reading because it gets distracting. Maybe ask her about the book to see if she's retaining the information?

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Post by Cswrawr » 04 May 2018, 16:41

I did this a lot when I was a kid. It drove my dad crazy because he couldn't understand how I could pay attention to several things at once. I don't do it much anymore though I do like it when there's some other annoying noise... like neighbors arguing or something. In that case, music juuuuust loud enough to tune out the voices.

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Post by NL Hartje » 05 May 2018, 22:28

Man, I just don't know how this is possible. I find myself losing interest in my read and singing song lyrics.

If it's instrumental, however, I think this is totally doable. (perhaps not blaring though)
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Post by JuliaKay » 06 May 2018, 08:08

I, personally, could NEVER listen to blasting music while reading with or without headphones. It would be way too distracting. Possibly classical music would be okay, but still certainly not too loud.
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Post by hannahholley » 30 May 2018, 16:46

I think this is definitely a personal preference. To be honest I get distracted way too easily to play music while im reading at all. But it seems like if you don't distract easily then this might actually help you meditate on what you're reading maybe? Since (some) music helps put people in a calmer state of mind.

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