Back in 2014, an article in The New Yorker made the same argument. It cited research that found that open offices "were damaging to the workers' attention spans, productivity, creative thinking, and satisfaction. Compared with standard offices, employees experienced more uncontrolled interactions, higher levels of stress, and lower levels of concentration and motivation."
Open offices have been all the rage for decades now, in part because they're less expensive to put together and also because, since the 1950s, efficiency experts have promised they would make communication easier and work better. Instead, says Stephen Dubner, economist, author and host of the podcast "Freakonomics," they're a scourge. "If you work in an open office, you're more likely to be stressed out, less productive, and less satisfied," he tweeted.