If you’re like me then working in complete silence is one of the most irritating things you can do. That’s the topic for today on why you should keep the TV on when you’re working.

Why is that?

Picture yourself with blinders on your eyes. You won’t be able to see anything. And as you get used to not seeing anything, your other senses pick up the slack.

Your hearing is the sense that is most amplified. And the sense that attributes most to my irritation.

With your sight temporarily blocked out, you can start hearing even the smallest things. Try it! It’s irritating.

It’s the same thing when you’re working or trying to concentrate on some important task.

You need some outside stimulus to get you going.

Sure this doesn’t work for everybody, but many of you know that feeling.

You become irritated at the sheer silence of the room. I hate libraries if they’re too quiet. That’s why people have their headphones on.

You’ll soon hear every little tap of the pencil, the coughs from across the room, the toilet flushes in the bathroom, the cricket chirps outside. Your hearing is magnified. It’s magnified so you hear things that you don’t want to hear.

If your TV is on then at least you can change the channel and control the volume. It’s a distraction to get rid of the distraction.

I’m writing this post with the TV in the background. I rarely write in silence because it gets distracting. My senses are amplified and that’s not what you want when you’re trying to focus on something specific.

Another reason to keep the TV on is that it forces you to concentrate. You’re either going to do one of two things. You’re going to focus harder on your task or you’re going to give up and just watch whatever is on TV.

It’s the complete opposite if you’re driving and your baby is crying uncontrollably in the back seat. You can’t just stop if you’re on the freeway. Stopping or looking back will literally be the death of you.

With working you can stop. You can pause for a second. That’s the beauty of it. You can do something about it. If you wanted to turn off the TV, you can with a click of a button.

It’s all about being in control. If there’s no TV to distract your distractions, how will you deal with any distraction?

You can’t kill every cricket outside. Even if you put noise canceling headphones on without any sound, you can still hear your stomach churning, your heart beating, and your saliva… salivating?

The point I’m making is that you need an external distraction to distract you from other external things you can’t turn off. It’s that simple. It doesn’t have to be a TV. It can be a radio, but a TV takes care of two senses, the sight, and the sound.

Distracting your hearing is more important, though. Try muting your TV. You can still hear those crickets chirping and those people sneezing from afar. Your eyes are already fixed on your work.

There’s no point in having just a visual distraction. Crickets aren’t watching your TV.

Do you work in complete silence, or do you need something in the background?

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