It’s Official: Too Much Christmas Music is BAD for You

It’s begun. Christmas music has crept into stores and offices, sometimes via radio stations that flip to all-Christmas music formats around this time every year. It might be fine at first, but after a while, the TenSION sTARTS TO BUILD AND FOR THE LOVE OF GOD TURN IT OFF! MAKE IT STOOOOOOOPPPPPP!

Yes, too much Christmas music can be bad for your health. Science says so.

A study from the American Psychiatric Association says that 61% of the population gets stressed out during the Christmas season and Christmas music is a big part of it.

We feel trapped. According to clinical psychologist Linda Blair “It might make us feel that we’re trapped – it’s a reminder that we have to buy presents, cater for people, and organize celebrations.”

Employees go nuts. Hearing holiday songs over and over and over is mentally draining for people who must work in places where Christmas music is played. Blair says this: “People working in the shops at Christmas have to [tune out] Christmas music, because if they don’t, it really does stop you from being able to focus on anything else.”

But consumers love it. Studies repeated prove that Christmas music puts people in a shopping mood. So when it comes to a choice between getting people to spend more and the mental health of employees, guess who’s gonna win?

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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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