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"The cocktail party effect describes the ability to focus one's listening attention on a single talker among a mixture of conversations and background noises, ignoring other conversations. The effect enables people to talk in a noisy place. For example, when conversing in a noisy crowded party, people can still listen and understand the person they are talking with, and can simultaneously ignore background noise and conversations. Nevertheless, if someone calls out their name from across the room, people will sometimes notice (the own name effect)."
I find it interesting that we as human beings are able to drown out background noise in order to concentrate on the conversation that is happening in front of us. We are able to show the person in front of us, their significance and importance. There are many things vying for our attentions and affections, but you get to chose what will win out.
Put away distractions, it's time to focus on the task at hand.