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Coffeehouse din and creativity: Justin Bieber doesn’t get it



How do you like my cynical attempt to exploit SEO? Welcome, beliebers!

I can’t remember where I first heard of Coffitivity, but here’s the concept. We all hate noise, and it’s difficult to work (and therefore to be as creative as we can possibly be) when there’s too much of it. But we seem to like a certain moderate level of ambient sound — something like the sound in your neighborhood coffeehouse — and creative people, it turns out, are more creative in that kind of environment. The developers of Coffitivity took the idea (based on actual research) and offer us online coffeehouse background sound that we can work by at home, at the office, or, I guess, anywhere that’s not a coffeehouse.

I tried it earlier this week and didn’t notice any particular bump in my creativity, though I did wind up having too much coffee that day.

Coffitivity can run in the background while your music plays simultaneously, so you can write to coffeehouse ambiance while listening to Justin Bieber’s “Believe.” It’s the best of all possible worlds!

4 comments on “Coffeehouse din and creativity: Justin Bieber doesn’t get it

  1. Cordelia
    July 7, 2013

    I’m so upset… I was totally excited to read you wax poetic over Beebs. You owe me. 🙂

    • Kevin Brennan
      July 8, 2013

      Don’t worry. I’m working on a song about him and his monkey…

  2. Phillip McCollum
    July 8, 2013

    I’ll have to give this a try. One site I’ve been using a lot lately is stereomood.com. It lets you choose a soundtrack based on mood and I’ve tried to match it up with what I’m writing (e.g. “Space” for a sci-fi story I was writing). It’s been fantastic. I’ve also enjoyed putting it on while reading.

    • Kevin Brennan
      July 8, 2013

      Thanks for the tip about stereomood! I’m listening to it right now (and it did a pretty good job for my mood: edgy!

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