There are set albums and playlists that instantly go into rotation when I need to focus. I put my earphones in and zone out. I do this everywhere. Catch me at the café I have my earphones in. When I worked in an office, it was easier to get my attention with a tap on the shoulder rather than calling my name because my earphones were in. I communicated with my co-workers via Gchat and email for the most part. My cubicle life was much like that described in As Headphones Invaded The Office, Are We Lonlier?

The article goes beyond talking about blocking out noise with grooves to stay focus in our work lives. “Tuning each other out helps people focus, and besides, everyone is connected online through Skype, IM and email,” the article states summing up the feelings many plugged in co-workers. Though the article touches on theories that we are developing ways to be “alone together” and notes that social media has been linked to depression, it also presents the notion that social media makes us productive and is “replacing the water cooler.”

Do you zone out and wear headphones in your office? Do you think that social media makes you more or less connected to your coworkers?

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  • JT

    So true. I agree with all the comment. I usually use my headphone to tune out the negativity and pettiness from my coworkers. This is not a career and just a JOB so I’m am there to work for my 8 hours and leave. I don’t relate to my coworkers so the corny jokes and nosiness is something I care not to participate in.

    • M1zzdlady

      +1 …..You said it all for me!

  • SCarter

    I wear my earphones to tune out some of the annoying noise that takes place in my work area. I’m not trying to disconnect from co-workers but noise pollution has become very popular by way of what we call soft phones which basically is a software on your PC that acts as an actual phone set so all your calls come through your computer. If one doesn’t have an actual headset, one can actually hear the conversation which can be quite disturbing. However, I don’t have the music up so loud that I can’t hear what’s going on around me. I think achieving a balance is key here