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Coming up with content for your blog can be difficult. While there are tools to help you generate ideas, it’s easy to procrastinate or get distracted while writing. If your home or business is noisy, writing can be difficult. Listening to music works for some people, but not everyone.
A study from the Journal of Consumer Research¹ has shown that ambient noise like the noise at a coffee shop can not only free your mind from distractions; it can boost creativity as well. Ambient noise of around 70 decibels fosters more creative thinking than low or loud noise. This is good news for those who have the freedom to do their writing in a coffee shop, but not everyone has that luxury.
So how can you get that coffee shop experience without actually being at a coffee shop? Coffitivity is a website and app that provides the background ambient noise of a coffee shop, right from your computer or phone.
Coffitivity is easy to use. Simple visit the website or download the app onto your Android or iPhone.
There are three free channels to listen to. Morning Murmur gives you sounds of a coffee shop to get your day started. Lunchtime Lounge is a bit of a more bustling chatter. University Undertones makes you feel like you’re at a university cafe. Each channel gives a different vibe to your workday to keep your mind free from loud distractions and more productive.
There are three extra channels that you can get with a premium subscription. These subscriptions range from $3 to $9 depending on your choices.
Studies have shown that ambient noise boosts creativity. Silence that can be interrupted by outside noises, creating distractions or startling us. Loud noises and voices interrupt our thought process. Ambient noise however, provides a happy medium for our brains by both arousing our senses as well as making things more difficult to process, which increases abstract thinking and enhances our creativity.
Despite the descriptions, the channels on Coffitivity are all hushed tones that provide background levels of noise without distraction. Try it yourself and see how productive you can be!