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Trying To Listen To Music While Reading? Here’s What You Should Know

Listening to music while reading is quite common. Many people have found it to be extremely rewarding in terms of concentration and motivation.

But no one thing has the same effect on everyone. Some people find it nothing more than a distraction while reading.

We cover both sides of the topic so continue reading to find out what would suit you. Here are some of its benefits.

Music Can Get You in the Zone

Researchers say that music can quickly change your mood and helps to relieve stress.

That’s why many people do house chores while listening to music to make it less boring.

Similarly, the right music sets the mood for a great reading experience.

Right Music for the Win!

Many people feel listening to music while reading helps them concentrate better. It's especially beneficial to those who find it hard to read or study in quiet.

In contrast, many can’t concentrate unless there’s pin-drop silence.

Honestly, you need to experiment to find the right music that improves your concentration and less nuisance.

So, we’ve narrowed down some music genres and their outcomes for you.

1. Instrumental Music


Instrumental is the best for people who get easily distracted by surrounding noises.

No lyrics make it much easier to concentrate on what you’re reading simultaneously reducing the noises from the outside.

2. Classical Music

Classical music is said to have a mind-boosting quality that gives you a wholesome reading experience.

Try it out to see if it works for you!

3. Chill Music

Electronic and downtempo music of the chill genre is at times easy to listen to.

Slow buildup in the music boosts the reader’s mood which improves concentration while reading.

Unfortunately, music can also be a distraction to some while reading. Here’s how.

Listening to New Music

Studies find that listening to new music or songs on shuffle is more distracting than listening to familiar music.

Reading Difficult Text

Reading a complex text is difficult with music playing in your ears because your brain might become too busy processing music.

Memory Span

Music often reduces your attention span when you’re trying to memorize something.

Since your brain was too focused on the song, you find it hard to recall the text that you’ve memorized while listening to music.

However, this isn’t the case with everyone as some people memorize faster and better while listening to music.

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