Music and the Adolescents

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Adolescents spend a significant amount of time listening to music. In line with this, adolescents have favorite singers, musical groups or bands, more often they have a comparable taste in music as their friends. Social
acceptance is always important with adolescents, and their company and friends can influence the type of music adolescents listen to.

Music is an outlet for adolescents and a method for them to express emotions they are uncomfortable with. Adolescents may choose their music by musicians they identify with. There are instances wherein adolescents use music to rebel against their parents and formulate their own identity.

Although this leads to generational conflicts, it also paves a way for a productive development.

There are examples of music that may have lyrics or words that promote violence. This type of music is the subject of parental criticism, so adolescents may be prohibited from being exposed to it. In some studies, listening to this type of music may be an outlet that allows adolescents to release and express their anger or frustration with no
physical violence involved. The measurement to whether the music is a good or bad influence mainly depends on how adolescents are affected in ideology or behavior.

Adolescents who become more violent or plan violent acts should not listen to this type of music.

Forms of music like metal, punk, rock and rap, are associated more with antisocial behavior. Other genres that are associated with less involvement in violence and crime are classical, jazz, folk music, pop and country.

Music can be a way to escape overwhelming problems that you experience, although it may not be as effective when you are feeling depressed.

Choosing music rather than movies or books may make you more depressed. A study by University of Pittsburg researchers discovered that adolescents who listen to music more may have higher levels of depression. Adolescents
who are exposed to depressing music five to six hours a day may be at risk of depression.

Many adolescents are involved in not just listening to music but also playing music. Being in a band or a group can result to positive benefits with music instead of just listening to it. Parents encourage adolescents to engage in positive activities, and one of them is learning to play music. Learning to play a musical instrument is beneficial
to your brain and will also provide a life of entertainment and enjoyment.