When music is a student turn-off

PARENTS need not nag their child to turn off their music while studying, because the chances are they will do so anyway, according to new research.

Although teenagers may spend hours listening to mp3 players, most are willing to switch them off if the music interferes with their schoolwork, researchers at the Institute of Education, University of London, found.

The study surveyed 600 young people in the UK, the US, Greece and Japan.

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It asked students in three age groups – 12 years old, 16-18 years old and 20 years old – about their listening habits.