Some people think that this is gender-related, so I'm posting the poll with an additional option.
I am male and I DO have difficulty doing this.
I have thought about it before and it seems like I can only focus on one thing at a time.
I can focus on both and am a man, but then I can talk and listen at the same time, I seem to have a nack at multi tasking which I've noticed in other people who are dyslexic, it's a wierd thing to be able to do something your gender supposedly finds difficult, people often don't realise the benefits that come with the flaws in a slightly odd brain.
Visualisation apparently is another one, which make dyslexics creative and more able to learn by visualising problems than by seeing them on a page. Which is probably why I'm better at applied maths than pure. The disadvantages are palpable and annoying, such as poor sequential memory, bad spelling and sometimes an inability to learn maths. Suposedly all these can be overcome by retasking your brain, but it's not easy.
I am suprised that people can't listen to lyrics and the music at the same time, I'd never considered that this was difficult? Interesting...
i can focus on every instument active, but i cant fucos on them all, same goes for lyrics and music, i can hear both, but i cant be aware to the small details alltogather.
eh, and about multitasking, when home i can focus on things, that iterest me, but during the day im a drifter cant focus on half a thing.
hehe, so should I have posted as a guy...cause I definitely have more of a male than female gender, even though I'm of the female sex. Semi-serious here.
I have no trouble listening to both the lyrics and the music at the same time. Although I tend to attribute this more to the fact that I've played in band and usually can pick out what each instrument is playing simultaneously.
I have no trouble with this, and played in rock and blues bands for many years, usually as the main vocalist/guitarist. I can "wander" and miss lyrical content, though, if I concentrate on studying the arrangment - something that is critical if you're going to learn new pieces or refine older ones.
I generally do have trouble focusing on more than one thing, but this is an exception. I don't really hear the lyrics and music as separate entities.
My data is lending itself to the following (possibly hasty) conclusions:
1] About one third of people do have some trouble following lyrics and melody at the same time.
2] It is not gender-related.
3] Males outnumber females on PF by approx. 7:1.
Or perhaps, the number of males taking this pole outnumber the females by approximately 7:1
It depends on the type of music a lot of the time for me. I can listen to country and understand he lyrics almost everytime; however, I tend to have trouble with classic rock (primarily the 80s and "acid" rock).
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