According to (Donald F. Roberts et al, 2003), At the simplest, most global level, people of all ages listen to music because it provides pleasure; for adolescence this pleasure can be powerful and tends to be associated with the most intense experiences of life. I chose this subject because it was one which I could relate to and provide a more in-depth personal input on. Music, in my opinion, plays a role in every decision a person makes, and every goal a person has; a persons life can unfold according to what kind of music they listen to. In this essay I will talk about the positive effects of music, the negative effects of music, and the personal effect music has had on me. Bruce Springsteen said Music.
Is there, to provide you with Something to face the world with. Music can have a very positive effect on the 15 year old that is searching for an identity amongst a group of peers. Music listened to is linked directly to how well an adolescent does in school and in education as a whole. Music can enhances performance on abstract/spatial reasoning tests (Rauscher, Shaw, & Ky, 1.993).
A study showed that classical music against loud, rock music produced better results on the same test taken by teens that were in the same grade point average. On a personal note, I have found this to be true. Lately, for my psychology tests I started listening to different symphonies in my room as I studied and found it helpful and more relaxing than my former style of studying which was to blast my favorite rapper on my stereo. Music also contributes the well-being of an adolescent.
There are many bands and different kinds of music I like to listen to. I like to listen to many different bands and songs. When I listen to music I listen for the beat as long as listen for the lyrics. Even with all the different types of music around I mainly like to listen to hard rock. I like to listen because of the hard guitars and the streaming drums. Music to me is a way to relax. I enjoy ...
On the ride to school either in a car or a bus, the type of music listened to, can reflect the kind of day it is going to be. Music reduces stress (Stratton, 1992) and anxiety levels (Mornhinweg, 1992).
The challenging life of a teen with education and extracurricular activities, music can be used as a form of stress relief and help calm a tedious schedule. Throughout high school we had the different social and peer groups that were always together. The music they listened to was correlated with how they dressed and acted; the Goths listened to heavy metal and punk and dressed in black, while the football team was more of a hip-hop culture, both listening and dressing. I myself was very open with all music and never classified myself as one group and insulted another.
Music can help a teenager socialize with a group he/she feels more comfortable with and not isolate him/herself. On the other hand, all of these aspects of a teenagers life can be influenced negatively if proper supervision and care isnt taken. (Larson R, Kubey 1983) Research done before the introduction of music videos demonstrated that although both television and music captured adolescents’ attention, it was music that powerfully engaged their emotions. The withdrawal personality music can cause on a fragile mind like a teens is devastating. A friend that I went to middle school with was a very outgoing and thoughtful, came back after our summer vacation in 8th grade, very quiet and secluded; He would also have his cd player everywhere he went. After confronting him about his difference in personality, I found out that he had lost a parent and found music as his only safe haven.
From then on we grew more and more apart. A negative psychological effect of music can be one if an adolescent listens to music with suicidal lyrics, or encouragement of violent behavior, he/she can turn right around and act out what was said in the music with the knowledge that its ok without thinking of some ramifications. With regard to school, heavy metal fans report more conflict with teachers and other school authorities and perform less well academically than those whose tastes run more to the mainstream (Christenson & van Nouhuys, 1995; Hakanen & Wells, 1993).
Adolescent Depression Mental disorders represent the number one health problem for the United States and probably for the entire human population. Some studies estimate that approximately one-third of all Americans suffer from some sort of emotional disturbance. Depression will affect as many as twenty percent of all of us one time or another in our lives. Severe anxiety is even more common. ...
Personally, I was never a person of one music selection. Growing up I had listen to different pop groups and even country. My perception toward music was widely varied, if the song captures my attention, then it is worth listening to regardless of the genre.
As of today I find music to be a mood setter and also a mood changer. Throughout high school, I was the chess team that went to the national 3 out of 4 years, played basketball and volleyball. These busy and time consuming activities would leave me stressed and strained; I would use music in any sort of free time to help me relax and re-establish my mood and homeostasis. On an educational note, recently I have applied piano music into and during my study time and found that it helps calm the situation and the anxiety of a big test. Does this mean that all music involved with loud, obnoxious people yelling into the microphone are going to cause all children to become less than those children who listen to music which is friendlier to the eardrum? Of course not. Music is listened to because they take pleasure in doing so.
Music (even loud ones) is a source of entertainment which if a teen has control over, it wont affect him/her negatively. For most teenagers music helps them concentrate, allows more creative thinking and even correlates itself with the good/bad mood it places them in. Although some music isnt directly beneficial, it also isnt harmful either. The Effects of Violent Music on Children and Adolescents Donald F. Roberts, Peter G. Christenson, and Douglas A.
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