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Music and teens

Music And Teens

Many people today blame any bad action done by a teen on one of two things. It is either parents, or music. That is what this paper will talk about. Is music really the problem? Or is that just an excuse. Music does play a huge role in their everyday lives, but what is to blame here? Many people blame music for the destruction and desensitizing of our youths, but it really comes down to the parenting. (R&R Does it influence teens Behavior, 2)

Here are some Facts about Music and the Music Media

- The typical American child watches 28 hours of TV a week and by the age of 18 will have seen 16,000 simulated murders and 200,000 acts of violence. (Children's Defense, 1)

- Teenagers spend between 4-5 hours a day listening to music and watching music videos, and they name listening to music as their preferred non-school activity. (Children's Defense, 1)

- Music Videos average 1 or more violent scenes a minute. That is more than cinema and TV. (Children's Defense, 1)

- 30% of teens know their lyrics to their favorite songs. (Impact of Music lyrics, 1)

Music has a very powerful influence on our emotions, moods and sometimes behavior. Historically, it has been used for such varied purposes as courage before battles, singing babies to sleep, enhancing the courtship process and accompanying rites of passage through life. In some cultures music has been said to influence governments to attempt to control or ban it. (Power of Music, 1) As you can see music has been apart of our everyday lives for centuries. Ever since the terrible tragedy of Littleton, CO many people around the country have been concerned about what music is doing to our society. Pop music is what people take their blame out on. Pop music really means Top-40, Heavy Metal, R&B, Rap, Goth and industrial. (CDs Don't kill People, 1) One thing people need to realize is that the lyrics aren't everything. Most people don't even know the lyrics. (Impact of Music lyrics, 1) Durham psychologist Stephanie Amaker said that music can influence a person's state of mind independently from the lyrics. "If people listen to music that is faster, such as Heavy Metal their heart rate increases. If you are trying to increase your energy level, it might be a good way to generate excitement," she said. (Heavy Metal Fans, 1)

Teens spend 4 - 5 hours a day listening to music, (Children's Defense, 1) that is more time then they spend with their friends a day. (R&R Does it influence teens Behavior, 2) Music can change teen's moods and even alter or intensify a person's mood. (R&R Does it influence teens Behavior, 2) Music can define the way a teenager talks, how they converse with others, defines who their friends are and which clique they belong to, and music also determines how you dress. (R&R Does it influence teens Behavior, 2) This is in most cases not all. Music can make a good mood Better and or a bad mood more sour. This is why Lots of pediatricians and Adults are concerned about music lyrics. (R&R Does it influence teens Behavior, 2) Music has so much power people do not even understand. Music can also inform teens about the adult world, to withdraw from social contact (such as a CD-Walkman a barrier, not unlike an adult hiding behind a newspaper at a breakfast table). (R&R Does it influence teens Behavior, 3) Music also helps teens make new friends, define a social setting comfortable for them, and most importantly find out their personal identity. (R&R Does it influence teens Behavior, 3)

With all music's positive aspects some negative aspects still surface. While most teenagers interpret their favorite songs to be about love, friendship, growing up, life's struggles, having fun, cars, and religion there are still a small group of teenagers music does not affect in this way. (Impact of Music lyrics, 1) Studies have found that Rap and Heavy Metal music may lead to alienation, substance abuse, mental disorders, suicide risks, and premarital sex.

Music lyrics are now dramatically different since the introduction of rock music more than 40 years ago. (Impact of Music Lyrics, 1) This is an issue for parents and pediatricians. During the past four decades, rock music has become extremely explicit particularly to drugs, sex and violence. Recently Heavy metal and "Gangsta Rap" Have been the two types of music to come under fire. (Impact of Music Lyrics, 1) Establishing a relationship between a particular type of music and behavior associated with that music genre is extremely difficult. (Power of Music, 1)

Much of the work exploring the effects on behavior of rap music has been experimental and undertaken in artificial circumstances. (Power of Music, 1) Some of the research has been demonstrated changes in attitudes towards violence and women following exposure to particular types of rap. (Power of Music, 1) With this you can not incorporate rap for being the reason for people doing bad things in real life situations. Fear of rap and its messages may relate more to fears of the black community than the actual nature of the lyrics. (Power of music, 1) There still are a lot of positive messages coming from rap. It is just so hard to see these positive messages with all the bad ones out there.

Heavy Metal Music is the other type of music under fire. People associate Heavy Metal music with suicidal thoughts, anger, and violence towards women.

(Power of Music, 1) The direct affects of listening to particular types of music depend upon a range of factors. Listening to any kind of music is unlikely to promote violence and aggregation, but in those already predisposed to violence, holding views expressed in music it may offer some support for particular actions. (Power of Music, 2) In one study done by Ballard and Coates (1995) Heavy Metal music was not linked to the actions of people. (Effects of Metal on College Students, 2) This study was done on college students and they were given a series of tests after listening to 3 Metal songs. Then it was done Again after three rap songs. (Effects of Metal on College Students, 1) The end results were that the students scored higher on anger inventory for rap music. (Effects of Metal on College Students, 2)

Most social Groups will say that music isn't the problem. It is the actions of the parents and the ways that the child was raised are the problem. (Power of Music, 2) It is not people's goal to get rid of music. Their goal is to male it more difficult for young adults to obtain music with explicit lyrics. (Social Impact of Music Violence, 2)

Pediatricians with a specialty in adolescent medicine are aware of how important music is to a teen's identity and how it helps them define important social and subcultural limits. (Social Impact of Music Violence, 2) With the introduction to music video channel such as MTV, and VH-1 we can not only hear explicit lyrics the violent acts are acted out. (Social Impact of Music Violence, 3) Some studies show that seeing and hearing these explicit and violent acts we are being desensitized to human misbehavior. (Social Impact of Music Violence, 3) Like stated above Music does not appear to have massive negative effects, but it does seem to be dangerous for some youth. (R&R Does it influence teens Behavior, 1)

Teens are also found to interrupt songs differently. This might have to do with what struggles or problems they are facing. (R&R Does it influence teens Behavior, 4) A prime example of this is: A group of girls watched Madonna's video of "Papa Don't Preach." One girl said it was about true love, one stated it was about parent child authority conflicts, and the other said it was about assuming adult roles. (R&R Does it influence teens Behavior, 4) In another study a group of teens interpreted Heavy Metal and Christian Metal. They stated it was about drugs, violence, and sex. (R&R Does it influence teens Behavior, 3) This would be do to the style of music they were playing.

Some Recommendations for the Music industry from the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics). (Social Impact of Music Violence, 4)

- Music Videos should have more Positive themes in them such as racial harmony, drug avoidance, conflict resolution and any other positive topics. (Social Impact of Music Violence, 4)

- Music Video producers should be encouraged to exercise sensitivity and self restraint in what they depict, as should networks choose wisely what shows on air. (Social Impact of Music Violence, 4)

Parental Advisory should not be the only marking on a CD. If the CD has sexual content a Label stating that would appear. (Social Impact of Music Violence, 4)

- Performers should serve as positive role models.

So as you can see there is no real truth about relating how teens act and the type of music they listen to. There are some things that music effect such as the way a teen talks and dresses. (R&R Does it influence teens Behavior, 2) It all starts with how the teen was raised. The music is not at fault, but how you raise the child. (Social Impact of Music Violence, 4) You the parent can control many things in a child's up brinig. One thing being the type of music your child listens to. When the child does indeed become a teen, he or she will be succeptable to many types of music. It is how you raise them if they will take lyrics to the heart.

Many people today blame any bad action done by a teen on one of two things. It is either parents, or music. That is what this paper will talk about. Is music really the problem? Or is that just an excuse. Music does play a huge role in their everyday lives, but what is to blame here? Many people blame music for the destruction and desensitizing of our youths, but it really comes down to the parenting. (R&R Does it influence teens Behavior, 2)

Here are some Facts about Music and the Music Media

- The typical American child watches 28 hours of TV a week and by the age of 18 will have seen 16,000 simulated murders and 200,000 acts of violence. (Children's Defense, 1)

- Teenagers spend between 4-5 hours a day listening to music and watching music videos, and they name listening to music as their preferred non-school activity. (Children's Defense, 1)

- Music Videos average 1 or more violent scenes a minute. That is more than cinema and TV. (Children's Defense, 1)

- 30% of teens know their lyrics to their favorite songs. (Impact of Music lyrics, 1)

Music has a very powerful influence on our emotions, moods and sometimes behavior. Historically, it has been used for such varied purposes as courage before battles, singing babies to sleep, enhancing the courtship process and accompanying rites of passage through life. In some cultures music has been said to influence governments to attempt to control or ban it. (Power of Music, 1) As you can see music has been apart of our everyday lives for centuries. Ever since the terrible tragedy of Littleton, CO many people around the country have been concerned about what music is doing to our society. Pop music is what people take their blame out on. Pop music really means Top-40, Heavy Metal, R&B, Rap, Goth and industrial. (CDs Don't kill People, 1) One thing people need to realize is that the lyrics aren't everything. Most people don't even know the lyrics. (Impact of Music lyrics, 1) Durham psychologist Stephanie Amaker said that music can influence a person's state of mind indepen!

dently from the lyrics. "If people listen to music that is faster, such as Heavy Metal their heart rate increases. If you are trying to increase your energy level, it might be a good way to generate excitement," she said. (Heavy Metal Fans, 1)

Teens spend 4 - 5 hours a day listening to music, (Children's Defense, 1) that is more time then they spend with their friends a day. (R&R Does it influence teens Behavior, 2) Music can change teen's moods and even alter or intensify a person's mood. (R&R Does it influence teens Behavior, 2) Music can define the way a teenager talks, how they converse with others, defines who their friends are and which clique they belong to, and music also determines how you dress. (R&R Does it influence teens Behavior, 2) This is in most cases not all. Music can make a good mood Better and or a bad mood more sour. This is why Lots of pediatricians and Adults are concerned about music lyrics. (R&R Does it influence teens Behavior, 2) Music has so much power people do not even understand. Music can also inform teens about the adult world, to withdraw from social contact (such as a CD-Walkman a barrier, not unlike an adult hiding behind a newspaper at a breakfast table). (R&R Does it influence teens Behavior, 3) Music also helps teens make new friends, define a social setting comfortable for them, and most importantly find out their personal identity. (R&R Does it influence teens Behavior, 3)

With all music's positive aspects some negative aspects still surface. While most teenagers interpret their favorite songs to be about love, friendship, growing up, life's struggles, having fun, cars, and religion there are still a small group of teenagers music does not affect in this way. (Impact of Music lyrics, 1) Studies have found that Rap and Heavy Metal music may lead to alienation, substance abuse, mental disorders, suicide risks, and premarital sex.

Music lyrics are now dramatically different since the introduction of rock music more than 40 years ago. (Impact of Music Lyrics, 1) This is an issue for parents and pediatricians. During the past four decades, rock music has become extremely explicit particularly to drugs, sex and violence. Recently Heavy metal and "Gangsta Rap" Have been the two types of music to come under fire. (Impact of Music Lyrics, 1) Establishing a relationship between a particular type of music and behavior associated with that music genre is extremely difficult. (Power of Music, 1)

Much of the work exploring the effects on behavior of rap music has been experimental and undertaken in artificial circumstances. (Power of Music, 1) Some of the research has been demonstrated changes in attitudes towards violence and women following exposure to particular types of rap. (Power of Music, 1) With this you can not incorporate rap for being the reason for people doing bad things in real life situations. Fear of rap and its messages may relate more to fears of the black community than the actual nature of the lyrics. (Power of music, 1) There still are a lot of positive messages coming from rap. It is just so hard to see these positive messages with all the bad ones out there.

Heavy Metal Music is the other type of music under fire. People associate Heavy Metal music with suicidal thoughts, anger, and violence towards women.

(Power of Music, 1) The direct affects of listening to particular types of music depend upon a range of factors. Listening to any kind of music is unlikely to promote violence and aggregation, but in those already predisposed to violence, holding views expressed in music it may offer some support for particular actions. (Power of Music, 2) In one study done by Ballard and Coates (1995) Heavy Metal music was not linked to the actions of people. (Effects of Metal on College Students, 2) This study was done on college students and they were given a series of tests after listening to 3 Metal songs. Then it was done Again after three rap songs. (Effects of Metal on College Students, 1) The end results were that the students scored higher on anger inventory for rap music. (Effects of Metal on College Students, 2)

Most social Groups will say that music isn't the problem. It is the actions of the parents and the ways that the child was raised are the problem. (Power of Music, 2) It is not people's goal to get rid of music. Their goal is to male it more difficult for young adults to obtain music with explicit lyrics. (Social Impact of Music Violence, 2)

Pediatricians with a specialty in adolescent medicine are aware of how important music is to a teen's identity and how it helps them define important social and subcultural limits. (Social Impact of Music Violence, 2) With the introduction to music video channel such as MTV, and VH-1 we can not only hear explicit lyrics the violent acts are acted out. (Social Impact of Music Violence, 3) Some studies show that seeing and hearing these explicit and violent acts we are being desensitized to human misbehavior. (Social Impact of Music Violence, 3) Like stated above Music does not appear to have massive negative effects, but it does seem to be dangerous for some youth. (R&R Does it influence teens Behavior, 1)

Teens are also found to interrupt songs differently. This might have to do with what struggles or problems they are facing. (R&R Does it influence teens Behavior, 4) A prime example of this is: A group of girls watched Madonna's video of "Papa Don't Preach." One girl said it was about true love, one stated it was about parent child authority conflicts, and the other said it was about assuming adult roles. (R&R Does it influence teens Behavior, 4) In another study a group of teens interpreted Heavy Metal and Christian Metal. They stated it was about drugs, violence, and sex. (R&R Does it influence teens Behavior, 3) This would be do to the style of music they were playing.

Some Recommendations for the Music industry from the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics). (Social Impact of Music Violence, 4)

- Music Videos should have more Positive themes in them such as racial harmony, drug avoidance, conflict resolution and any other positive topics. (Social Impact of Music Violence, 4)

- Music Video producers should be encouraged to exercise sensitivity and self restraint in what they depict, as should networks choose wisely what shows on air. (Social Impact of Music Violence, 4)

Parental Advisory should not be the only marking on a CD. If the CD has sexual content a Label stating that would appear. (Social Impact of Music Violence, 4)

- Performers should serve as positive role models.

So as you can see there is no real truth about relating how teens act and the type of music they listen to. There are some things that music effect such as the way a teen talks and dresses. (R&R Does it influence teens Behavior, 2) It all starts with how the teen was raised. The music is not at fault, but how you raise the child. (Social Impact of Music Violence, 4) You the parent can control many things in a child's up brinig. One thing being the type of music your child listens to. When the child does indeed become a teen, he or she will be succeptable to many types of music. It is how you raise them if they will take lyrics to the heart.

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