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Uplifting music in a restaurant makes diners more likely to tip wait staff, study finds

Uplifting music in a restaurant makes diners more likely to tip wait staff, study finds

Uplifting music in a restaurant encourages diners to leave a more generous tip for waiting staff, a study has revealed.

Dining to the sound of Abba’s Dancing Queen and other upbeat hits increases the amount of money left after a meal.

Sad songs such as Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles also prompted customers to leave slightly more than when they heard “neutral” background music, a team from Austria’s University of Innsbruck found.

Researchers also suggested diners who want to “immunise” themselves from the influential effects of a playlist should listen to more music day-to-day, which could lessen the impact.

Tables of two who enjoyed a meal which cost about £88 left tips of £3.52 more on average when they listened to happy tracks than those who heard "neutral" music, the study showed. Other examples of tunes which could prompt greater gratuity included Billy Joel's Uptown Girl and Queen's Don't Stop Me Know.

Tips among older diners were particularly affected and researchers said they were probably more susceptible to the effects, because they are exposed to less music than young people.

Annika Beer, a psychologist who co-authored the study, said: “Uplifting music makes people happy and the better mood someone is in, the more they tend to tip.

Source: Google News Music

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