Do you wear headphones at work? This survey explains what people think of you.

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.

Read more here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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