Why do some people need to listen to music CONSTANTLY?!

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22 Aug 2010, 6:01 pm

I listen to music a lot. I think it's an ADHD thing with me because if I don't have any kind of background noise; I start daydreaming & tend to zone out a lot. I need the music on to distract me


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22 Aug 2010, 6:10 pm

Alles aus Liebe!
(it's ofc quote from one DTH's song and it means all because of love and I use it when somebody ask me why?)

So, it's all because of love! I love music and I listen to it compulsively. If I can't listen, I sing. If I can't sing, I write lyrics or imagine song in my mind. I'm sensitive to music and I love it since my childhood. Other kids collected toys, I collected records and looked for new player or headphones.
I love watching voice Hz-spectrum. Hertzes love me and I love them.

Listening to music helped me to know more words (maybe not so many as books, but many) and to use voice. It helped me to learn English (no teacher taught me as much as songs did).

Music helps me in socialising process. I can meet people on the concerts and fests, talk with them about music and it's great. NTs listen to music too, so if I meet some listening to the same music, we have a topic. We can borrow records each other etc.

Music helps me with my emotions. I have them, but we are in weak contact, so music connects us.

It was a little offtop, so exact answer: I do it compulsively, because I must. It's stronger than me. I understand that not everybody wants to listen to Rammstein at 1 am, so I use the headphones.


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22 Aug 2010, 6:14 pm

Yeah, I listen to music when I study. Not too loud though. >.>

My brother will turn his Ipod on Full blast and pace around our house. Our house is small so this is VERY annoying. He could go outside but nooooooooo, he has to be in everyone's way ALL. The. Time. Or at least when he's not at work or his Ipod is charging. Thank goodness those things have crappy battery lives. D:



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22 Aug 2010, 9:15 pm

Music helps me to stay focused and to keep an even keel.


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23 Aug 2010, 12:07 am

I shall change mine back, tomorrow... I mean, now It's better than anything I've ever seen.


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23 Aug 2010, 2:53 am

I very rarely listen to music and much prefer total silence and quiet. Music generally distracts me. However, some low volume classical music such as Beethoven can help me to concentrate on difficult tasks sometimes.

I do like music and have quite an eclectic taste, but when I listen to music it is the only thing I'm doing - i.e. I can't do something else at the same time. Maybe its some sort of sensory integration issue?

I dislike supermarket music and the endless music pumped out in various stores. I sometimes walk out of a store because of the music irritating me. It seems everyone needs to be immersed in music nowadays for some bizarre reason. Nobody can bear silence. :scratch:


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23 Aug 2010, 1:18 pm

More or less, the same as all others... Keeps focus and helps me concentrate.... (Even if that music is thrash metal) : P


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23 Aug 2010, 1:28 pm

Music gives me the swing, that I need, to parade through my days.


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23 Aug 2010, 4:45 pm

I'm obsessed with music......


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23 Aug 2010, 4:50 pm

I don't like music 24/7, but there are times when I welcome it. I sometimes listen to it while riding the bus; it beats staring at the person opposite you, for entertainment! I only hate it when it's being piped in a store, and it is music that I truly dislike. Or, when some fool is blasting his car stereo with way too much bass! :x


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23 Aug 2010, 5:13 pm

TallyMan wrote:
I very rarely listen to music and much prefer total silence and quiet. Music generally distracts me. However, some low volume classical music such as Beethoven can help me to concentrate on difficult tasks sometimes.

I do like music and have quite an eclectic taste, but when I listen to music it is the only thing I'm doing - i.e. I can't do something else at the same time. Maybe its some sort of sensory integration issue?

I dislike supermarket music and the endless music pumped out in various stores. I sometimes walk out of a store because of the music irritating me. It seems everyone needs to be immersed in music nowadays for some bizarre reason. Nobody can bear silence. :scratch:


This entire post is very much like what I would have said.

I have often walked out of stores because of the music. I don't mind a bit of instrumental music playing quietly in the background, but when I'm trying to pick out the item I need from the store, I don't want to hear Bette Midler belting out, "DID YOU EVER KNOW THAT YOU'RE MY HEEEEEROOOOO!! !! !" And if I walk into a coffee shop or something, and the music is so loud that I can't place my order (which it frequently is), then they won't get my business.

Many years ago I was in the Air Force, and the one thing that I hated about it, more than anything else, is that everyone had to be listening to music constantly. This was before the days of ipods and that kind of thing, so people listened to music on giant, booming speakers. There would be Wham! blasting from the room next door, Def Leppard blasting from the room next door on the other side, and Prince blasting from across the hall. I don't hate any of that music, but I don't want to hear it all mixed together, and I don't want to be forced to hear it against my will.

And then at work, my first boss listened to some kind of adult contemporary, which was stuff like Barry Manilow. All day long. Then I moved into an office where they had a country station playing constantly, so not only did we have the stupid music, but also the innate chatter of the D.J.'s.

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26 Aug 2010, 3:24 pm

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Music...not pleasurable? :?


Not on headphones at 8 in the morning. Not for me anyway.



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26 Aug 2010, 3:35 pm

I do need music to correct my slow time problem. I need bouncy music that has a really fast tempo, perferably 120-140. I make my own music though.

It is a problem most of the time, but when I'm in need of it, I'll obsess over one or two songs, maybe even three at a time. Over and over and over again. But I've listened to so much music and my brain can understand music so much that it is just annoying and boring sometimes. I can hear things in today's music that is used in the 1700s, or even in the 1950s.


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26 Aug 2010, 4:17 pm

It's my belief that without music, I wouldn't be here. As a kid, it fueled my fantasies and creativity, and allowed me to escape the realities that stressed me out.

Music gets me going. I can't stand housework, cooking or exercise without it. I have strong suspicions that I'm ADHD as well, going by what I've been reading from others with it and their relationship with music (and other things).

Music makes socializing easier, especially if it's my playlist (I have varied tastes). I live in the country and am lucky to have friends from the city (where I'm from) that will visit me on occasion, particularly in the summer. So quite often while in a social situation, it's in my own backyard, which I prefer by a long shot (as long as I'm prepared for it, which is always the case). With music playing, I can relax and concentrate better on what's being said. During lulls in conversation, I can fall into the music. It's like the music keeps everything connected and flowing. My friends, also music fans, feel this way as well, and I always get compliments for the variety (which makes me smile). I can't relax around people who aren't into music. It's an essential bond.

I can sit in quiet by myself, and often do this, but there's been times when I've been depressed and/or unmotivated, and then suddenly I realize, wait a sec, put some music on already! Nothing in this world lifts me out of the "fog" quite like music does. It might not pull me out of depression fully, but it will at least get me off my butt for a bit and be somewhat functional.



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14 Jan 2017, 12:17 pm

Sorry for bumping the very old thread, but this is a topic that is near and dear to my heart. I am one of those people who need to be hearing something most of the time, whether it is music or an audiobook or my computer talking to me. I know some people get all excited about so-called silence, but for me there is no such thing. There are always sounds going, but most people's brains tune them out. Not me. I can hear sounds like the lightbulbs buzzing or the refrigerator running or different sounds like that, and it is not in the background. My brain is picking it up and absorbing it. It sounds like a repetitive B-flat that plays over and over and does not change. Blech! It's the equivalent of a radio station playing the test of the emergency broadcast system for ten hours straight. No...just...no. The only time I enjoy so-called silence is if I'm out in nature, like at the state park where I play the piano. I like nature sounds, but I flipping loath other non-structured sounds. Also I really can't frigging stand riding in a car, particularly on a long trip, with no music, especially if I'm already overloaded. When I was younger it would bother me a lot more than it does now. I wish all these silence lovers, or John Kage fans as I call them, could hear the way I do.



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14 Jan 2017, 6:14 pm

I am so glad the major bus companies banned passengers from blaring their music (most often chav rubbish) from their phones. However, I too have extreme difficulty blocking out noise so I can't just enjoy music through my headphones. More often than not there's a screaming baby or some kids acting like jerks, climbing all over the seats, shouting, jumping around (on a MOVING VEHICLE!).


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