Off topic: Pump up your music, I mean your productivity
Thread poster: Vito Smolej

Vito Smolej
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Sep 18, 2008

PsyBlog has a delightful article discussing whether louder music increases alcohol consumption. It turns out it does, and surprisingly, there seems to have been quite a few studies done to examine the effect.

One research group even did a sort of randomised controlled trial on bars and music in a fantastic real-world experiment.

One study by Gueguen et al. (2004) found that higher sound levels lead to people drinking more. In a new study published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, Gueguen et al. (2008) visited a bar in the west of France to confirm their previous finding in a naturalistic setting. Here, they observed customers' drinking habits across three Saturday nights, in two different bars in the city.

The level of the music was randomly manipulated to create the conditions of a true experiment. It was either at its usual volume of 72dB or turned up to 88dB. For comparison: 72db is like the sound of traffic on a busy street while 88db is like standing next to a lawnmower.

Sure enough when the music went up the beers went down, faster. On average bar-goers took 14.5 minutes to finish a 250ml (8 oz) glass of draught beer when the music was at its normal level. But this came down to just 11.5 minutes when the music was turned up. As a result, on average, during their time in the bar each participant ordered one more drink in the loud music condition than in the normal music condition.

So ... from a free-lancer's point of view: do my words/hour come up with decibels. Not in my case. What about you?


Allesklar  Identity Verified
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wonder why Sep 18, 2008

Vito Smolej wrote:

Sure enough when the music went up the beers went down, faster.

Maybe that's because you don't waste time with conversation at that noise levelicon_razz.gif

I sometimes crank up the music when I do a repetitive job and boredom becomes an issue - as soon as I need to think I have to turn it off again.


Vito Smolej
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noise level as the milking machine Sep 18, 2008

It's Wiesn time (Oktoberfest starting Saturday with O'zapf is @ 12:00 sharp) in Munich and I guess we will again break all records in terms of beer going down the throat (and on to lower body parts... )

... at what cost I ask ye, oh my fellow drinkers of mineral water? At the cost of a permanent ear damage to all those Giovannis, Aussies, Tommies &c, listening to that 95dB Blech Musik...

"Ein Prosit, ein prosit ...." and "Oans, zwoa, gsuffa..."

[Edited at 2008-09-18 13:58]


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