Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Youth Culture Update: Music Hurts, Reading Heals

Sometimes I come across research into the world of teens that makes me want to research if researchers have too much time on their hands.  This week an article was released that was headlined, "Teen Music Listening Linked to Depression”.  However even after reading the article I don’t think that depression is linked to depression as much as music reflects the state of mind that we are in.  If we are depressed we will listen to different music than if we are excited. Teens are are completely absorbed into music are likely doing that as a way of expressing their emotions.  The problem that I have noticed through the years is how music is used.  If you are angry, then listening to death metal doesn’t improve the emotion, but rather amplifies it.  The same can be said of depression or even in love.  Young people should have outlets for their emotions but not traps to keep them in the same emotional cycle, which is why, as the article reveals, that reading helps to decrease depression.  Reading helps people focus.  Lack of focus is common with people that are depressed, because they don’t feel as though they can do it.  Reading generally helps to regulate thoughts where music generally plays off of emotion.  This is probably good research that has just been presented poorly.  Give it a read and let me know what you think.
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