Can you do anything when you are listening to music?

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22 Jun 2011, 12:00 am

I mess up everything when I am listening to music on my ipod... cannot concentrate on anything else while I am listening to music... can you do anything else?



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22 Jun 2011, 12:22 am

I'm the exact opposite. Music helps me focus.


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22 Jun 2011, 12:30 am

Usually music doesn't bother me, and I enjoy listening to it while doing other things, but sometimes when I really need to focus while reading something I have to stop the music.



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22 Jun 2011, 12:40 am

Depending on the kind of music and what I'm doing, music can either distract me or help me focus.



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22 Jun 2011, 10:27 am

Depending on the music, it can distract me from reading or writing. I generally listen to music that doesn't have lyrics when I must do either of those things. Also, talking sometimes.
It all depends.



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22 Jun 2011, 10:45 am

i normally sing along to music, but not the vocals so much as other instruments or an improvised melody. i'm doing it now, in fact. :)



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22 Jun 2011, 10:46 am

It helps me to get things done when I am cleaning house, but it is too distracting when I am reading or writing. Songs with lyrics are especially distracting.


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22 Jun 2011, 11:00 am

TeaEarlGreyHot wrote:
I'm the exact opposite. Music helps me focus.


This,



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22 Jun 2011, 12:11 pm

i tend to daydream when listening to music



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22 Jun 2011, 12:18 pm

I mostly listen to music when travelling - on the bus/metro going somewhere or out walking - so I can focus on just the music. I'll occasionally listen to music on my laptop with my headphones in, if I do this then I cannot do anything else at the same time, I also have to have door closed and no risk of being interrupted so I can focus on the music alone.

I guess it is the same sort of thing, I don't try to do anything else because I cannot focus on anything else when focusing on music.


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22 Jun 2011, 12:24 pm

If you're "focusing" on something, you're not LISTENING to the music.



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22 Jun 2011, 12:26 pm

YourMother wrote:
If you're "focusing" on something, you're not LISTENING to the music.


Eh... I am. I have a wandering mind, so it helps to have more than one thing to focus on.

That's not to say there aren't times where I just get lost in music.


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22 Jun 2011, 12:35 pm

YourMother wrote:
If you're "focusing" on something, you're not LISTENING to the music.


No, having music to take care of the distracting thoughts in a repetitive form halps me in doing something else and not just dozing off.



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22 Jun 2011, 12:42 pm

TeaEarlGreyHot wrote:
Eh... I am. I have a wandering mind, so it helps to have more than one thing to focus on.

That's not to say there aren't times where I just get lost in music.


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No, having music to take care of the distracting thoughts in a repetitive form halps me in doing something else and not just dozing off.


Interesting...I just consider it sort-of disrespectful to the music/ian. And I also find that I can't PROPERLY concentrate on more than one thing at once. :(



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22 Jun 2011, 1:04 pm

YourMother wrote:
TeaEarlGreyHot wrote:
Eh... I am. I have a wandering mind, so it helps to have more than one thing to focus on.

That's not to say there aren't times where I just get lost in music.


MXH wrote:
No, having music to take care of the distracting thoughts in a repetitive form halps me in doing something else and not just dozing off.


Interesting...I just consider it sort-of disrespectful to the music/ian. And I also find that I can't PROPERLY concentrate on more than one thing at once. :(


I've got ADD. I'm always doing more than one thing. :oops:


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