Chances are that when you go into work today, you’re going to see a number of people wearing headphones, listening to music, podcasts, audiobooks, or whatever. Studies have proven that this can boost productivity and at-work satisfaction.
A survey of 800 people conducted last month discovered the following:
- 72% of those who work in an open-concept workspace wear headphones.
- 66% of those who work in cube farms wear headphones.
Then it gets interesting when it comes to what wearing headphones signals to others.
- 27% believe that your wearing headphones says that you want to be left alone.
- 22% think that you’re in the zone, focused on the task at hand,
- 17%: “I’M BUSY!”
- 16%: “That person must really love music.”
- 9%: “What a rude and pretentious twat.”
Let’s look at that last point. You score extra rude/pretentious points if you’re using something like AirPods.
There also might be some paranoia lurking in the office. More than 33% of the respondents in the survey say they used headphones to cover up the fact that they’re actually listening into other people’s conversations.
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