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Can you read and/or study with other distractions going on?
If I'm trying to concentrate on something important or that I'm trying to process and understand it has to QUIET. Even the noise of the traffic outside the window bothers me at times.
I don't like studying or reading in complete silence. I'll need some kind of background music or noise keeping parts of my brain occupied so the rest of it can focus. I prefer music that's arrhythmic and has a consistent beat and has minimal lyrics, or lyrics that I can tune out from lack of comprehension (another language, normally) or from familiarity. Songs that are like techno, trance, electronica, house, dance, industrial, tango, and recently electroswing all work to keep me focused. Classical and any rhythmic, complicated music is a distraction because I'll get caught up focusing on the song and not my studies. If I don't have music available, I'll end up with a section of a song repeating on loop in my head to keep my thoughts calm (even now, I don't have any music on but I have Parov Stelar's Catgroove stuck in my head). TV/radio/other people are a distraction, as is any kind of music that I'm emotionally invested or attached too (no Sherlock soundrack music, as awesome as it is, is allowed on my study playlist because I'll get distracted by it).