Whether it\u2019s on a crowded commuter train or at the office, for most of us, headphones on means \u201cLeave me alone.\u201d Privacy is a rarity in the modern world. But is gaining the headspace we need to concentrate by popping in our earbuds isolating us too much? Countless studies tell us that listening to music while we work inhibits our ability to concentrate, while just as many contradictory studies tell us music improves our productivity by helping us to relax. Which is it, science? The answer is: it\u2019s an irrelevant question. Whether music is good for us or not is a moot point. Most of us put our headphones on or our earbuds in to block out other sounds and interruptions. We\u2019re not listening to music so much as not listening to our coworkers.