Music remains an influential tool in shaping the minds of teenagers

By Matthew Singer | Entertainment Editor

According to The New York Times, teenagers listen to an average of nearly 2.5 hours of music per day. Students are influenced by music, whether rap or country, on a daily basis due to the individualization, excitement and emotional melodies music produces.

Music has the ability to change anything or anyone it reaches out to, and when it does, a unique feeling is produced that only the power of music can cause. It is a powerful tool and predictions about society and other aspects of life can be concluded just from charting what people are listening to. Just as important, music is a way to bring people together.

Concerts are a huge part of students’ weekends, because they are a place to listen to the sounds they love and to connect with people based on the same interests. “Because of music, I found my best friend and created a rap group where we can both express ourselves and have a blast doing it,” senior Malik Jones said.

Music isn’t just beneficial in that it sounds great, but many people don’t fully realize it is an amazing profession where the truly talented can shine. Unfortunately, there will always be some artists who may not deserve to be in the spotlight they are put in, but there isn’t much ordinary people can do to change it. Websites such as YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram and other sites help increase the chance to be seen by major artists as well.

People are always longing to find where they belong, and with new music genres popping up left and right, people are beginning to associate themselves with the genre and the artists in it. “Rap, for me, is a hobby and interest of mine,” senior Farbode Karimi said. “Plus, it sounds great anytime I listen to it, and the amount of artists I listen to add different types of rap, which intrigues me even more.”

With music becoming easier to access with dozens of online downloaders and apps on smart phones, the type of music and the message the music has is more important than ever. “Every year, the average adolescent is exposed to about 3,000 references to alcohol brands while listening to music,” study researcher Dr. Brian A. Primack, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of medicine and pediatrics and director of the Program for Research on Media and Health at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine said in an interview for Huffington Post. “It is important that we understand the impact of these references to alcohol brands in an age group that can be negatively impacted by alcohol consumption.”

Rap music is as popular as ever, but the lyrics and videos for the genre always create major issues. The references to alcohol, drugs, realtionships with women and other controversial topics produce an angry response, with thousands of adults who say their children change because of the music they listen to. This issue is one of the largest and most talked about in the music industry.

Music matters, and with groups and artists such as One Direction, 5SOS, G-Unit, Ariana Grande, Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean and Nicki Minaj having their music heard by thousands every day, one negative message or lyric has the ability to impact people and their decisions.

Seeing the effect of music on everyday life, music matters more than ever. The language, vibe, overall look and message that a song or album portrays truly matters because people will follow someone or something that they enjoy or feel is unique. Music, to many, is a gateway for issues.

As the world continues to spin, music is just as important as ever, and it will continue to connect immensely with everyone as the new genres continue to expand. It is a monumental business and has an even bigger impact for the average person.

Categories: Entertainment

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