Sunday — July 18, 2021

World Listening Day!

by: Lily Clarke

Google defines listening as, “a station for intercepting electronic communications.” That is technically correct, however, it fails to mention anything about undivided attention or patience. 70% of a person’s day is spent engaged in some type of communication. 55% of that time is devoted to actually listening, which is poor considering there are four styles of listening an individual could be doing:

  • The listener in people-oriented listening, focuses on the feelings and emotions of others.
  • During action-oriented listening, the listener pays attention to the key points of the speech. An example would be how students listen to their professor’s lecture.
  • In content-oriented listening, the listener evaluates the facts and evidence presented in the speech.
  • The fourth and final style is time-oriented listening where the listener pays attention to the time of the speech delivered by the speaker. People that do this type of listening want to keep communication short and straight to the point.

July 18th is World Listening Day! It honors the birthday of Raymond Murray Schafer; a Canadian composer and environmentalist. He is the founder of acoustic ecology, or the study of the relationship between human beings and their environment, mediated through sound. World Listening Day is hosted by the World Listening Project which is a nonprofit organization that is “devoted to understanding the world and it’s natural environment, societies, and cultures...” It was established in the late 1960s to early 1970s. World Listening day is all about open communication with others.

So, have a heart-to-heart conversation with a loved one today. Being a good listener also means that you need to listen to your surroundings and yourself. Step away from technology and get into nature. Go on a hike or go listen to live music. Be in tune with the world. It’s excellent for the mind. You should listen to yourself and listen to your gut, always. If you don’t actively do this, start today. Staying silent and listening to the voice in your head can positively benefit your mental health. There is a great quote from Alice Duer Miller, an American poet and novelist, that goes like this, “People love to talk but hate to listen. Listening is not merely not talking, though even that is beyond most of our powers; it means taking a vigorous, human interest in what is being told to us. You can listen like a blank wall or like a splendid auditorium where every sound comes back fuller and richer.”


Kobiruzzaman, A. M. M. (2021, March 8). Types of listening styles are People, Content, Action, & Time Oriented.,Action-oriented%20listening%203%20Content-Oriented%20Listening%204%20Time-Oriented%20Listening.

WORLD LISTENING DAY - July 18, 2021. National Today. (2021, June 14).