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Listening to music on your way to work will make you work harder

New research commissioned by French music streaming service Deezer (Aha! Beware the potential bias of the source.) says that listening to music during your morning commute will make you work harder.

A survey of the listening habits of 1,000 UK commuters revealed the following:

  • 90% listened to music on the way to work
  • 64% say they felt the music energized them for the workday, making them more motivated and therefore more productive.
  • 40% of younger worker drones said that if they did not get to listen to music on their way to work, they arrived irritable, frustrated and generally surly.
  • Music was said to make people less annoyed with the antics of their fellow commuters–a helpful thing if you’re on public transport and constantly get hit in the head with backpacks. It also helps with road rage, apparently.

There’s no data on what kind of music is best for the daily commute, although that would obviously be a very subjective thing. It also speaks volumes about the power of music radio during drive times. Thoughts?



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