There’s no denying it: Christmas music divides people.
Love or it hate, new research has found too much of a good thing (Jingle Bells) can be bad for your health.
“People working in the shops at Christmas have to [tune out] Christmas music, because if they don’t, it really does stop you from being able to focus on anything else,” clinical psychologist Linda Blair told Sky News.
“You’re simply spending all of your energy trying not to hear what you’re hearing.”
While the news might be upsetting for some, there’s a simple explanation.
According to music psychology researcher Dr Victoria Williamson, it’s not necessarily the tune being played, instead, it’s the number of times you’ve listened to it that eventually causes your skin to crawl.