As children we’re often told by our parents to switch off the TV, radio, laptop etc so that we can concentrate on our work or task in hand. It is said to be better for our concentration or to pay attention to something important, perhaps. And often it can be the case that without the background noise or distraction one does pay more attention and/or performs better.
However, this might not always be the case. I have noticed that there are times when I have needed to concentrate on something or think intensely and I did this better with the TV on or some music playing in the same room. And I found that when I switched off the device I was suddenly not able to think up something with ease and/or even experienced a mental block to my thought processes.
But, astonishingly as soon as I switched on the device again, I found that my thoughts began to ‘flow’ again and concentrating came easily with the distraction running in the background.
Furthermore, it has been brought to my attention that there are people who perform brilliantly in academic subjects and yet when they study they also usually watch the TV at the same time!?
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