Listening to too much Christmas music can be bad for you, apparently

7 November 2017, 10:17

George Michael - Wham - Last Christmas

There are two types of people. Those who embrace their inner Scrooge and can't stand Christmas being thrust upon them, and those who start blasting out Slade in September.

However, if you're in the latter category, you might like what we're about to tell you.

Experts have claimed that being exposed to too much festive merriment can be bad for your health, especially if you work in retail or anywhere which may blast out Christmas music on a regular basis. Say, like, a radio station?

Clinical psychologist Linda Blair told Sky News: "People working in the shops at Christmas have to [tune out] Christmas music, because if they don't, it really does stop you from being able to focus on anything else.

"You're simply spending all of your energy trying not to hear what you're hearing."

Music psychology researcher Dr Victoria Williamson agreed, explaining that there’s a “U-shaped relationship” between the amount of times we hear music that we enjoy, and our subsequent reaction to it.

Essentially - too much repetition of the same Christmas songs will eventually grind you down. Sorry to be a downer.

Ah well, bring it on!