Sometimes I find it very useful to listen to music while working, but other times I feel it can put a damper on my productivity. I've noticed some people constantly listen to music while working but others do not.
Dr. Teresa Lesiuk (University of Windsor at the time, now at University of Miami) did a study in 2005 involving 56 IT specialists. She found that those who listened to music completed their tasks more quickly and came up with better ideas than those who didn't, because the music improved their mood. Dr. Lesiuk also found that the older people are, the less time they spend listening to music at work. Here's the article for the study.
I know that study isn't perfect but I wanted to bring some data into the discussion. What do you all think about listening to music and its effect on productivity?