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Poll: Do you ever watch TV while you work?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do you ever watch TV while you work?".

This poll was originally submitted by Norman Buhagiar. View the poll results »



 

Enrico Zoffoli  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 16:21
Member (2013)
German to Italian
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No May 8, 2013

I never watch TV - let alone when I work.

 

Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 23:21
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
What! May 8, 2013

And risk typing something deliciously unsubtle out of South Park into a printer installation manual! icon_eek.gif

Voted "No, never"


 

Anne Carnot  Identity Verified
Belgium
Local time: 16:21
Member (2009)
English to French
No but... May 8, 2013

my desk is in our living-room, so I sometimes work with Wii noises in the background when my kids play wit it (but we're "old fashioned" - to quote my eldest son - so they are only allowed to play once or twice a week, so it's not too much troubleicon_wink.gif... I also asked a few times for them to play without any sound... a real bliss!!)

 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 15:21
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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Never May 8, 2013

I might watch a little TV during my coffee breaks but never, never while working! I need my concentration to be fully on...

 

Oleksandr Kupriyanchuk  Identity Verified
Ukraine
Local time: 17:21
Russian to English
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Multitasking in humans? A bad idea May 8, 2013

Multitasking in humans has been described by neuroscience as a bad and stupid, if not impossible, thing to practiceicon_rolleyes.gif.

If you watch TV while you work, you do both things badly!icon_biggrin.gif

[Edited at 2013-05-08 08:56 GMT]


 

Jean NICOLET  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 16:21
English to French
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Never May 8, 2013

Missing option: "No, I don't have TV, and I don't plan to!"

 

Audrey Pate
Italy
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Italian to English
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I beg to differ May 8, 2013

Alexander Kupriyanchuk wrote:

Multitasking in humans has been described by neuroscience as a bad and stupid, if not impossible, thing to practiceicon_rolleyes.gif.

If you watch TV while you work, you do both things badly!icon_biggrin.gif

[Edited at 2013-05-08 08:56 GMT]


We women multitask all the time: doing the washing up while talking on the phone, while keeping an eye on the kids, while listening out for the doorbell!!!!

Although I agree: TV and translation don't mix!


 

svenfrade  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 16:21
French to German
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Never May 8, 2013

I hardly ever watch TV anyway. I don't listen to music either, because I can't concentrate properly since I tend to listen to the lyrics even if they happen to be in a language that I don't understand. And even purely instrumental music makes my mind wander...

And I fully agree with Alexander: Multitasking is not a good idea because you end up doing two (or more) things badly. (I am a woman, BTW...)


 

DianeGM  Identity Verified
Local time: 17:21
Member (2006)
Dutch to English
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No ... never May 8, 2013

I rarely ever watch TV anyway, and I would never do so while working.
Surprisingly there is a % yes vote (?) - can we hear from some of those?


 

Andrea Munhoz  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 11:21
Portuguese to English
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No May 8, 2013

Enrico Zoffoli wrote:

I never watch TV - let alone when I work.


Same here.


 

Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
Cyprus
Local time: 17:21
Turkish to English
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Distractions May 8, 2013

I need peace and quiet to produce quality results. Even a dog barking or roadworks going on outside negatively impact on my work. I would certainly not listen to music or watch television while working.

 

Giovanna Alessandra Meloni  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 16:21
Member (2012)
Spanish to Italian
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It happens May 8, 2013

I have to work and my babies are watching TV, but usually I don't work if they are at home.

 

Sarai Pahla (MD) MBChB
Germany
Local time: 16:21
Member (2012)
Japanese to English
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Classical music only - nothing else allowed May 8, 2013

I don't own a TV, and would *never* watch TV while working - I find the thought preposterous.icon_smile.gif

I only ever have classical (instrumental) music on while I work and at low volume - no lyrics, only music and I listen to the same composers (Beethoven, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Hadyn) when I work, so that listening to them automatically puts me into work-mode. Anything other than that and I get really stressed out and quality suffers.

Audrey Pate wrote:

We women multitask all the time: doing the washing up while talking on the phone, while keeping an eye on the kids, while listening out for the doorbell!!!!



I'm a woman and I don't believe in the myth of multitasking - I do one thing at a time or nothing at all. If you try to do many things at once, all of them will suffer from the lack of attention. I think it is a case of "speak for yourself" on this pointicon_biggrin.gif


 

Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 16:21
Member (2012)
English to Danish
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No, not really May 8, 2013

but sometimes I have instrumental music in the background, notably classical..

 
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