Who says music can’t help with studying or being productive? Sometimes we need a little motivation to keep us going. Some play chill lo-fi tunes, some play heavy metal, some play K-pop while others play classical music.
But have you tried playing songs or music from a video game soundtrack? Apparently, it can help. Danielle Voit, a 22 year-old Canadian student, was one of the first TikTok users to share this unusual homework tip.
“I forgot about my 5 page essay due before midnight so I put on Mario Kart music while writing, finished it in one hour,” said the Canadian student in a video showing her typing away while listening to a tune from the famous video game.
Several North American students are sharing this productivity-boosting tip on social media. I never actually would’ve thought. I mean it kinda make sense though. Have you ever played Mario Kart? Have you heard the music? No wonder it keeps people going.
I and probably many other just play the music for the nostalgia but hey if it helps you be productive, go right ahead. The TikTok tip video went viral, getting over 6.3 million views on the social media platform. Several users claimed they were trying the tip for themselves, while others said the method had enhanced their productivity.
“If you have a paper or project you need to do for school or whatever else, listen to Mario Kart music while you do it. i’m dead serious I just wrote 600 words out of my 1000 essay in half an hour, this shit really works,” wrote a Twitter user.
Since it worked for others, many tried this tip themselves because the Coconut Mall theme is back on the music charts. Whaaaaaa? The speedy tune from the Mario Kart Wii soundtrack ranked at number 15 on October 23 in the US “Viral 50” Spotify chart.
But this tip is not just fun and games. There’s actually scientific evidence on how music can help with productivity. Several scientific studies have shown the influence of music on concentration in the past.
A 2013 study conducted by psychologist Dr Emma Gray in partnership with Spotify showed that a fast-paced tune (between 50 and 80 beats per minute), like Firework by Katy Perry or Miley Cyrus’s We Can’t Stop, can calm you and make you more alert.
But if you’re someone like me, I can’t listen to my favourite tunes when I’m studying or do written work cause I’d end up just singing and dancing along and not getting actual work done. How about you? Does music help? Maybe you should try this tip! Let us know how it goes!