Interesting read. I will say though that certain music without lyrics (especially low-fi beats and synthwave) can help get me into the zone and focus on my work without distraction or procrastination. I definitely hear you (no pun intended) about making sure the volume isn't too much - the last thing you want is tinnitus.
As for networking, sure, that's a fair point, but I think there are a lot of times where people want to just get on with their work without conversation, speaking from personal experience at least. Also putting on headphones is a polite way of signalling that you're working and might not necessarily wish to be disturbed.
All valid points and I agree. I still use headphones when I need to shut everybody else out. Previously though, I put on my headphones by default. Now, the default is to not wear headphones.
Thanks for reading.
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