Limits to Enjoyment

Do you ever close your eyes to focus your mind, or to think better? Can you memorize lines of poetry or script better when there no distractions? Do you eat less even of your favorite food when there is a heated discussion at a meal table? Have you noticed how people with a disability often have another sense heightened?

There are many examples to show that our brains work better if they are allowed to deal with one thing at a time. The MP3 phenomenon is wonderful and full of benefits, but do we need limits to our enjoyment? Music appreciation takes up some of your brain capacity, albeit in a pleasurable way. Here are some occasions at which listening to music can set you back at other things.

  • When studying or dealing with an especially important and complicated document at work. You could miss an important deadline, or make a bad impression with a critical assignment.

  • When asleep and taking complete rest. This is different from listening to music for a dew minutes before retiring. Ear mufflers may be taken things too far, but do switch off before dropping off.

  • When your reflexes and coordination matter, as during active sport or when driving in taxing conditions. Your peripheral vision and reflexes can be affected by your intense music enjoyment.

  • During intense inter-personal communication, when you need to understand what other people want to convey. It can also convey a bad impression about you if you appear not to listen attentively to what others say.

  • When you need to put your memory to work. This could be to learn something new or to recall a past incident, or stored information.

We hardly need to list the countless situations during which it helps to listen to music, because they are so well known. It is just that we now have access to so much music that we could listen 24-7 without a break! Sometimes, we might get bored, and switch off anyhow, but it helps to know when you need to avoid the distractions that music provides.