'Fake background office chatter helps me work from home'

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Woman working from home on a laptop

(Source: BBC News)

Being forced to work from home during lockdown has been isolating for many. Some, like statistician Paul Hewson, have turned to websites providing artificial office noise to help.

The sites, which provide background noises of things like printers and coffee machines, as well as people chatting, have attracted millions of hits during the crisis. "Having the background office chatter means when I really need to concentrate I can," Mr Hewson told the BBC.

"I don't know whether it is the office sound that works or just having a feeling of human contact." Mr Hewson has worked in a wide variety of settings in the past, from open plan offices to his own private office in academia.

However, lockdown has been his first "extended experience of isolated working" and he has found it harder to concentrate being in the same environment all the time.

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