Survey study


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Haake, A. B. (2010). Music listening in offices: Balancing internal needs and external considerations (Doctoral thesis, University of Sheffield, Sheffield) accessed from


One of the key aims of this study was to provide an insight into how people listen to music in offices through modern listening devices. The survey was designed to provide descriptive data on how, when, why and with whom people listened to music at work, and what music they listened to. This was so that the data could be compared with previous surveys of music listening. However, the survey was also designed in such a way as to provide exploratory data that could be examined further in future studies.

What music do they listen to, and while doing what? How often do they listen, what listening technologies are common, and with whom do they listen?

Why do they listen?

If they choose not to listen – what are the reasons why?

In order to investigate current uses and functions of music in offices, it was essential to study a wide variety of office workers in a number of different offices. The current research focuses on listeners who choose to listen while working. The reason for this is that because these individuals find music useful at work, they provide a useful sample for studying why that might be, and what functions music fulfils for them. This topic can be explored and investigated further in future studies, and could function as a foundation for future research into music listening in offices in the UK, as well as comparative research in other countries and cultures.


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