View parent Full Discussion (Why do programmers wear headphones? For the same reason that you can’t juggle.)

I have to agree. Being a programmer with a degree in theory and composition, any music is going to engage far too much to be considered white noise.

But I do have noise blocking headphones that I can wear in shared environments.

I find tuneful music distracting, I start listening to it. But Industrial or similar helps me to concentrate. It's usually music other people find unlistenable.

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