You walk into a crowded shopping mall and you recognize that song blaring through the speakers.
It’s that time year again.
Now, whether you love or despise Christmas music, did you know that it may actually harm your mental health? That’s according to one psychologist in the UK.
Clinical psychologist Linda Blair claims that constantly listening to Christmas music “forces people to remember all the things they have to do before the holiday.” The songs remind people to buy presents for their loved ones, host parties, and start preparing their travel plans.
Speaking with Sky News, Blair said,
People who work in large stores face the highest risk. Blair says that the upbeat, catchy songs may actually harm their mental health. Workers would have to force themselves to “tune Christmas music] out.” This leads them to become “unable to focus on anything else.”
Unfortunately for store employees, major retailers in the US ten start playing Christmas music early. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Best Buy starts playing Christmas tunes on October 22nd. Sears, Kmart, Michael’s, and Lane Bryant took second place. Their Christmas music starts on November 1st.
Despite the stress retail workers may face, some store managers will happily play Christmas tunes early. Gary Grant, founder The Entertainer, said,
Grant added that, without Christmas music, his stores wouldn’t earn a lot revenue during the busy holiday season.
Not everyone agrees, however. Speaking with The Times, Danny Turner, a programming executive at Mood Media, said,
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