Why can’t I go any­where with­out my head­phones?

Men's Health (Australia) - - Ask Mh - BW

If you suf­fer a melt­down every time you leave your noise­can­cellers at home, there could be many rea­sons for your sepa­ra­tion anx­i­ety. Per­haps you’re sen­si­tive to back­ground noise, or just find other peo­ple ir­ri­tat­ing. Most likely, you’ve be­come ad­dicted to the men­tal stim­u­la­tion from your smart de­vice.

But bore­dom has its ben­e­fits: “Fo­cus­ing all your at­ten­tion on what’s com­ing through your head­phones gives your mind no space to wan­der,” says sports psy­chol­o­gist Vic­tor Thomp­son. “Over time, this lack of headspace hin­ders both mem­ory and prob­lem-solv­ing.”

Neu­roimag­ing scans show that our brains are more ac­tive when we’re day­dream­ing than when we’re fo­cused on a task. Plus, Ein­stein claimed his best ideas came to him on his daily walk – and he wasn’t plugged into a pod­cast, was he?


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