It has been shown that when you are studying for exams, or in another situation where you really need to learn something, then listening to music is probably a bad idea. Even those of us who did slap on headphones in the school/university library (myself included) will likely agree that cranking your favourite rock band to 11 while trying to engage with the finer points of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity isn’t likely to result in a solid understanding of why mass is equivalent to energy. (It’s something to do with giant mirrors and passengers waiting at train stations, right?)
However, reading for pleasure isn’t the same as reading to learn something, in much the same way that being subjected to an educational video is vastly different to gorging on the latest Marvel movie. And, in the interest of justifying something that I have done since I was a child, I’ve compiled a few reasons why listening to music while reading may not be such a bad thing after all.