Media Literacy Forum

Headphones and Homework

Are you the type of person to listen to music all of the time? Even when you are doing homework? It seems like a lot of people have been doing this for a long time.

Lately I have found myself listening to music while I do my homework. It use to be a distraction but lately is has helped me immensely. I have stayed more positive while doing homework that wouldn’t normally make me happy, and I feel as though I stay more focused as well. It eliminates all of the other distractions around me and helps my attention span when it comes to staying put until I finish something.

Music has some crazy effects on people, and when I think about it, it can be both positive and negative. It really depends on the music and how you are feeling that day. I think that personally it has had a personal effect on me when it comes to doing my work. 

What are your opinions on listening to music while doing your work?

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  • I sometimes do, sometimes to have background noise, sometimes to have music to give me energy to respond to all those Comp drafts. When I put my headphones on while I"m on my treadmill desk responding to student writing, I have a stronger focus than without the headphones.
  • I can listen to music if its just an assignment and if its on a source where I have to get up to change the song. The music itself can be anything that's on my playlist but if I haven't heard the song before that is when I have to stop what I'm doing to listen to it then I get distracted.
  • Whenever I find myself having to cram in a lot of homework in a short amount of time, I enjoy having music to listen to. I feel it makes me more productive in completing these tasks. I sometimes find myself listening to music when I need to read a book, I think the ambiance of having that noise makes it better for me.
  • I am the complete opposite. If I actually want to focus on something I can not have music playing because I get too distracted, but I can not work in complete silence either. I found that I usually will turn the tv on and put it on the news or a random channel so I don't pay a lot of attention to it.
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