Millennials Are Relying On Music More For A Better Workday
What can we say? It's imprinted on our DNA.This article originally appeared on Forbes
Is there something inherently antisocial about wearing headphones? It can be hard not to feel that way — or maybe we’re just imagining it. Most of us have put on a pair of headphones at one time or another to drown out the outside world and concentrate on something important.
But millennials seem to take this to a new level. Older folks might resent this trend and feel they’ve become part of the background noise being drowned out — but that’s not really the case. More and more, millennials are merely turning to music to make their workdays a bit better. But why is it so effective?
The Modern Office Is A Noisy Place
Think you’ve soundproofed your office properly? Think again. Even reasonably calm offices can play host to loud noises, disruptions and a host of other unwelcome intrusions — none of which are good things when employees need to buckle down and focus during crunch time. Is it any wonder so many millennials turn to headphones?
According to Digital Music News, the millennial generation listens to 75.1% more music on a daily basis than baby boomers. Indeed, this was the generation that heralded fundamental changes in how we listen to music in the first place, moving us efficiently from CDs to MP3s and now to unlimited streaming. Music has been important to every generation that came before, but millennials are particularly enamored with it.
Interestingly, the millennial obsession with music has resulted in what appears to be stronger emotional engagement, with millennials listening to the same music for longer, as compared to our hit-hopping parents and grandparents, whose selections generally spent far less time on the sales charts than music does now under millennial stewardship.
So yes, it makes sense an inherently stressful environment like a busy office benefits from the inclusion of something that tugs on our emotions and keeps our minds focused on what’s lovely in life.
And Noise Leads to Stress
Unsurprisingly, several formal studies have concluded noisy environments cause stress, whereas melodious sounds — music, in other words — results in the same pleasurable release of dopamine as eating fine foods or looking at a pleasing piece of art.
Moreover, even silence can have a detrimental effect on the human mind. According to Dr. Teresa Lesiuk of the University of Miami, silence promotes a wandering mind — and wandering minds are bored and unproductive ones.
Read the fully story by Sarah Landrum originally published on Forbes