How to drown out distractions while working

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Something we don’t hear very often today is white noise. If you turn on an old TV or an AM radio and stop the tuner in between stations, that constant, steady static is called white noise. Now, with digital tuning and XM radio, white noise just doesn’t happen much.

Personally, I like white noise. When I am working at my computer I prefer to have the distracting noises covered up by a single, non-distracting noise. With the constant white noise, I don’t hear the TV in the other room, or the neighbor’s dog barking, or someone whistling. Or at least I don’t notice those noises.

The source I use for my white noise is a website called Simply Noise ( When you visit the site, you will see that there is not much there other than a brief explanation, and a slide bar so you can control the volume (you can also adjust it by your own speaker volume). You also have the option of pink noise, which has a deeper tone that some people prefer.

Warning: if there are other people in the room with you, the white noise sound may drive them nuts. Not everyone likes it. What do you think? Vote in the poll, and leave comments if you wish.

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