They reduce the tension to the visual equivalent of white noise and encourage musing as much as monitoring.
For today's men, though, perhaps the key to modern manhood is more simple: Drown out the white noise.
If necessary, use an eye mask, ear plugs, or white noise to help tune out disruptions.
The white noise of the rain was too high, the rolling thunder too steady.
"sound made up of a random mixture of frequencies and intensities," attested by 1970.