Coders Love U2, Taylor Swift, The Beatles, True?

If you are a coder, a software engineer, tell me if this survey is true. It appears that coders like you, love to listen to U2, Taylor Swift and The Beatles at work, based on the study by Qualtrics.

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There are other information. Interesting. Let’s try to verify if they are true about coders. BTW, the information is obtained from Qualtrics.

Study Reveals Software Engineers
Just Want to Block You Out.

We are all the action heroes of our own lives, and every hero needs a soundtrack. It just so happens that for software engineers, their soundtracks usually involve Bono.

Coding today is more complicated than ever, which is unfortunate because open offices buzzing with noise are more common than ever – this is why you usually see programmers wearing ear phones to block out ambient noise as they work. In fact, 96% of software engineers say they listen to music while coding. Until someone invents a mute button for office noise (are you listening, Elon?), headphones will have to do.

CODERS LIKE LISTENING TO U2, TAYLOR SWIFT AND THE BEATLES AT WORK

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Software engineers are the MVPs of tech, and just like NBA MVPs strutting off the bus into the arena, software engineers like to sport those cushy over-ear earphones too; the kind that say “I’d rather kick it to my jams than listen to whatever’s going on with you.”

One in four coders prefer Bose headphones, followed by one in five who like Sony or Beats. The rest of them might be listening to music on a record player or something if they are hipsters.

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TOP HEADPHONE BRANDS PREFERRED BY SOFTWARE ENGINEERS

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Finally, let’s answer that question of exactly where software engineers are finding all these sweet tunes? They weren’t shy to tell us.

PANDORA, YOUTUBE AND SPOTIFY ARE TOP FOR STREAMING WITH CODERS

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WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT SOFTWARE ENGINEERS AT WORK

Software engineers over age 35 are 3 times more likely to listen to the radio while coding than engineers 35 or younger.

71% of engineers 35 or younger report listening to music very often or always while coding, Only 47% of engineers over 35 do.

78% of software engineers prefer to listen to music rather than have silence or other entertainment while coding. The next highest preference was silence, preferred by only 6%.

96% of software engineers report listening to music at least some of the time Among software engineers, Pandora (29%) is the most popular choice for streaming content, followed closely by YouTube (23%) and Spotify (19%)

Pop is by far the most popular genre for software engineers to listen to (28%), beating out the nearest competing genre, Electronic (12%) by more than double. 11% like classical music with only 2% preferring reggae.

80% of software engineers listen to music through headphones

Bose is the headphone brand of choice with 25% of software engineers reporting using them, followed by about 20% each for the Sony and Beats brands

When asked to who their favorite artists were, answers came in all over the place, but there were a few artists who gained some consensus:

  • U2
  • Taylor Swift
  • The Beatles
  • Maroon 5
  • Linkin Park
  • Katy Perry

About the Research

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This research was conducted by Qualtrics via online survey of 400 adult professional software engineers. Survey methodology and analysis were performed by senior research methodologists.

About Qualtrics

Qualtrics makes it easy to monitor and improve the vital signs of your business: happy customers, engaged employees, and growing markets.
www.qualtrics.com

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