“Call me maybe” is now stuck in your head. Sorry but it had to be done. Even if you’re one of the lucky ones that isn’t familiar with the song, I’m sure that you can relate to the feeling of spending days, weeks and (though I hope not) months trying to get your brain to press PAUSE.
I was bored this morning before work and opened my twitter to find a tweet from the Today Show linking to this article. As a genuine music dork, I was immediately intrigued. Earworms are a psychological phenomena that are currently being researched at the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology. So far the research has lead to a few discoveries.
Here’s a list of people who are more prone to getting songs stuck in their heads
- Young people
- People who play music (duh?)
But why do catchy songs incessantly nag us when we least expect it? Nobody knows for sure but there are a few theories. Songs that are on repeat in our heads are usually connected to some life experience and are tied to our mood.
Now that we have this information, maybe someone out there can figure out how to get far-too-catchy songs OUT of our heads. Anyone? Anyone? Here’s my suggestion: it’s a site called “unhear it” which will play you a whole host of new annoying songs. Click here to get some brain relief.
You can find a link to the article here.