Music in Lab: MyTunes, iTunes or NoTunes?
By Dora Farkas on May 23rd, 2012
We need a moderator in a debate that’s recently come to a head in lab: Should music be allowed in the lab?
Playing music in lab can be a very sensitive subject for many graduate students. Music helps some people stay awake and focus while doing repetitive tasks, while it distracts others and increases their chances of making an error.
Since many people are distracted by music, and those who listen to it have different tastes, not playing music out loud is the way a lot of labs operate. Nowadays nearly everyone has an MP3 player or a smart phone, and they can listen to their favorite tunes with earphones.
If there is still a controversy, just remind people that listening to music in lab through earphones will ensure that they will listen to their favorite tunes without commercials!
Dora Farkas, Ph.D. is the author “The Smart Way to Your Ph.D.:200 Secrets from 100 Graduates,” and the founder of PhDNet, an online community for graduate students and PhDs. You will find links to her book, monthly newsletters, and discussion board on her site. Send your questions to DearDora@benchfly.com and keep an eye out for them in an upcoming issue!
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