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Do You Need Headphones While Working?

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I get nothing done without headphones
  2182 votes / 9%
I do better work with headphones, but can survive without them
  5828 votes / 24%
I use them only in certain circumstances
  6298 votes / 26%
Nope.
  4128 votes / 17%
They tend to hurt more than they help
  1165 votes / 4%
I can't stand working with headphones on
  1577 votes / 6%
Would trade them for an eject button on my officemate's chair
  2580 votes / 10%
23758 total votes.
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Do You Need Headphones While Working?

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  • Audio books (Score:5, Interesting)

    by NIK282000 (737852) on Tuesday October 29, 2013 @05:41PM (#45273573) Homepage Journal

    As an electrician I don't need to talk to anyone for the majority of my day, with a set of cheap-o bluetooth headphones I go through about a book a week.

  • by bossk538 (1682744) on Tuesday October 29, 2013 @05:48PM (#45273629)

    I find myself unable to multitask. Either I am listening to music (mostly classical) and all my mental resources are allocated to hearing what is going on (melodies, harmonies, motives, structure, etc.), or I am involved in work-related activities (coding, coming up with solutions to software engineering problems, reading specs, keeping abreast with subject matter, etc.) that require full concentration. For situations that don't require full concentration, such as testing, the music is distracting.

  • Can't wear them. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Capt.DrumkenBum (1173011) on Tuesday October 29, 2013 @06:04PM (#45273831)
    As soon as I am wearing the headphones my brain decides that we are listening to music now, and nothing else. Strangely listening to music on speakers does not have this effect. But as soon as I put on the headphones, work is done.
  • by djbckr (673156) on Tuesday October 29, 2013 @06:41PM (#45274209)

    I got these [earinc.com] along with a cheap set of Samsung earbuds. Put the mold in your ear, and while it's soft put the earbuds in. After it hardens, drill a hole to the ear canal. I used a dremel with a 1/8 inch bit. Naturally, don't drill while it's in your ear. (sorry, but I know somebody's going to troll on that)

    I love them. They are unobtrusive, comfortable, don't fall out, and are inexpensive. Best of all, they sound great.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 29, 2013 @08:22PM (#45275017)

    My supervisor always used to just walk into my cubicle and start talking. The worst was when he came in and started talking to me while I was typing an email and my brain just locked up - I couldn't think straight to finish my email and I couldn't register a word he was saying. I started wearing headphones as a defensive mechanism to prevent brain-lock. Of course, he still used to come in and talk to me while I had my headphones on but at least I couldn't hear him and then he had to repeat himself when I took them off. It has taken a while but I have now trained him to wait for:
    a) eye contact
    b) me to take my headphones off.

  • by master_kaos (1027308) on Wednesday October 30, 2013 @11:23AM (#45280735)
    I ALWAYS have my headphones on, even if I am not listening to anything -- they are noise cancelling so it drowns out a lot of the background noise.
    If I am just doing routine coding I need music. I don't actively listen to it, it's just there. I couldn't tell you the song that previously played.

    If there is problem I am struggling with to solve I need to turn off the music otherwise it is a distraction, as I need all my attention focused on solving the problem.
    I will also shut my office door. A shut office door at our work is a massive DO NOT DISTURB, basically the building better be on fire if you dare even knocking on the door; if something is super urgent a phone call is allowed, otherwise email. However the shut door policy shouldn't be abused i.e you better be in a meeting, on an important call, or working on a hard problem, not just doing your routine work.
  • Foreigners (Score:3, Interesting)

    by JustLikeToSay (651328) on Friday November 01, 2013 @10:46AM (#45300241)
    I go to a lot of EU meetings in Brussels on behalf of the UK Govt. Like many English speakers I can order beer in a number of other European languages but usually a stronger grasp of the language is needed to understand the technical and policy comments made by my Austrian, French, German, Italian and Spanish colleagues (all of whom are under instruction to speak only in their native languages) - so it's on with the headphones to get the translation. It's my ambition to provide a contribution to the discussion in one of the other EU languages before I'm done - to see the momentarily baffled looks on my colleagues' faces and watch them scrabble to get their headphones on before I've finished.

Our business in life is not to succeed but to continue to fail in high spirits. -- Robert Louis Stevenson

 



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