Why is it less distracting to listen to music through headphones as it is out loud?

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Why is it less distracting to listen to music through headphones as it is out loud?

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Tricky question, but it might be because of sound reflection. With headphones you get a direct input of sound to your ears, whereas without them, the sound reflects on every surface, wall, etc, causing slights echoes and creating a lot more input for your brain to process.
That’s my best guess.