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Courtesy of Business Insider:
The sights and sounds of the holidays are here — and they’re completely inescapable. No matter where you go, it seems like the same classic songs are played on repeat.
This perception is spot on: Spotify reports that listening spikes during the last two months of the year. Michael Bublé’s “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” top the list of most streamed tunes.
But the incessant repetition can have a psychological impact. There’s a U-shaped relationship between how often we hear a song and how much we like it, what’s known as the mere exposure effect.
At first, holiday music may spark nostalgia and get you in the holiday spirit. But hearing “Jingle Bells” for the millionth time can lead to annoyance, boredom, and even distress, researchers say.
That’s because the brain becomes oversaturated, triggering a negative response. If you’re already worried about money, work, or seeing family during the holidays, the constant inundation of cheerful tunes may reinforce your stress instead of relieving it.
It can also be downright distracting, affecting employee productivity and irritating consumers. In fact, a 2011 Consumer Reports survey found that 23 percent of Americans dread holiday music.
I had a job once working in a bookstore during the Christmas season, with holiday music playing on a loop all day every day, and by the time we got to Christmas Eve I could have eagerly beaten customers to death with a snowglobe if I had to hear “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” one more goddamn time.
My basic rule is that I am down with Christmas music in the seven days before Christmas, and on Christmas Day, but after that, I do not want to hear one more chorus of “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow” or “Here Comes Santa Claus” until the next year.
That also means I do not want to watch any movies with a Christmas theme, even if it is a masterpiece like “Die Hard,” until there is snow in my yard and a decorated tree in my living room.
But hey, that’s just me.