How Music Affects Teens

June 12, 2009
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The Affect Music Has On Different Teens

Music is something that every person has his or her own specific opinion about. Different people have different taste, and various types of music have many ways of leaving an impact on someone. It can be relaxing, angering, soothing, energizing, and many more.

There are so many types of music out there today. Rap, pop, rock, country, indie, alternative, hardcore are some of the abundant types in the world. Music sends out either good or bad messages that have big impacts on how people act. People usually become friends with others who have a same taste in music as the rest of the people they hangout with, or it can be vice versa. People may not want to associate with people who have different tastes in music because they’ll argue about what they think is better but its just their own opinions.

Rap and Rock music are two very important types of music in the world. They both send out different messages and help kids. The lyrics sung or rapped by the artists can be things going on in their own personal lives, and people with the same types of problems can listen to them so they know theirs hope and theirs people like this out there in the world. Music can also serve as a catalyst for new ideas. When people listen to the new things out there, they learn different things going on in the world and they become more open-minded because they’re exposed to different people like the artists.

A lot of people come to the conclusion that rap music has a very big impact on the world. Listening to the lyrics, they usually revolve around sex and drugs and those are topics many parents don’t want their kids being involved in. Many of the music videos made by rap artists in the world show these topics in them. Studies show that people who are more into rap music do drugs one time in their lives.

People can use music to express themselves, in ways it can’t be expressed through behavior, or art. You can usually tell how someone’s feeling by the type of music he or she is listening to at the time. It’s a tool used by many. Groups of people around the world can come together and gather at concerts, shows, and venues to show what their interests and likings are and you see how many people have similar likings as you.

I can personally relate to the effects that music has on its listeners and users because it’s a big part of my life. Every day I listen to the words and sounds of different singers/bands with contrasting ideas and opinions. The music I listen makes me who I am.

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Muk_1 said...
Aug. 22, 2011 at 11:19 pm
One question, at what point does personal responsibilty come into the equation?? These kids here lyrics and take this stuff seriously... my personal opinion is that maybe these parents, whos kids are shooting up schools, should maybe pay a little more attention to whats going on their kids' lives, and quit blaming music when theres obviously something much deeper going on there...
Xandra replied...
Sept. 20, 2011 at 2:54 pm

I agree that there is something deeper going on, but I think that the music often encourages it. In my case, the music seems to make it seem more real and somehow more normal to do that sort of thing. 

So yes, we should tackle the root of the problem, but I would say that the music helps tip the scale in the wrong direction if we don't.

cookiegirl said...
Aug. 20, 2011 at 12:12 pm
I agree music has an influence on teens, it can change my mood, negative ideas such as drinking has bad influence, I personally like listening to music with deep meanings and nice meanings.  
jazswifty said...
Jun. 10, 2011 at 6:21 pm
yes music does affect teen however whether the effect is negative or positive depends on the type of music you listen to as you do have a choice you also have a choice in your actions not because you hear a song that talks about someone doing something wrong but fun does not mean that you should do it it all depends on the person and their self control
sophi replied...
Jun. 23, 2011 at 5:11 am
totally agree that music affects a persons mood. I feel that a person should not listen to bad messages all the time, forget about self control. Why would you want to listen to something that has negative ideas that conflict with your beliefs. Its like being on a diet and spending hours a day visiting restaraunts and looking at their menu just for practicing self control, but never actually ordering anything
Jaay_Starr replied...
Oct. 1, 2011 at 3:13 pm
In my opinion, it's not the music it's self that causes your mood to change, it's how you as a person, with opinions and emotions, interpret the message. A song can have a certain message that the artist is trying to give, but the listener may interpret the song completely different. For instance, A Place Where You Belong by Bullet For My Valentine was originally about how the lead singer's girlfriend left him, but in hearing the lyrics, he makes it seem like she commit sucicide. So the messa... (more »)
Honora S. said...
Jun. 2, 2011 at 4:47 pm
I listen to a little rap but I am an Alternative girl. Rap objectifies women too much and is all about the same stuff. Why can't people rap about anything! 
Cool replied...
Jun. 16, 2011 at 8:14 pm
Well there are different types of rap out there.... you're just listening to the wrong rap songs, listen to guys like Kid Cudi, Big Sean, Kanye West (2004,2005, and 2007) and Common.... all positive... so are about girls but most is... well cant ruin the surprise 
authorkid replied...
Aug. 7, 2011 at 3:29 pm

usher too! he sings for everyone, not just one crowd. he doesn't objectify women either


SuperPanda409 replied...
Aug. 29, 2011 at 7:28 pm
Radio say you can rap about anything except for jesus- Kanye 
authorkid replied...
Aug. 29, 2011 at 8:04 pm
Not entirely true. People make Jesus raps.
the-ampersand This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Oct. 12, 2011 at 9:55 pm
so OMG by usher wasn't objectifying women?
Free Mason replied...
Apr. 18, 2012 at 8:45 pm
no tru  even other songs do the same thing
nowinthecloudswith replied...
Sept. 10, 2012 at 9:38 pm
Usher's music isn't rap...its pop. And I agree with Cool, rap gets a bad name because artists like Lil Wayne and Mac Miller (ect.) are repetetive, boring, and degrading. There is a lot more to rap than money, women, and cars
Music geek replied...
Oct. 9, 2012 at 11:27 am
ok so this site is full of opinion.. but i agree. and its not just rap or rock that effect people... country for instance,people will listen to "red solo cup" and drink to there hearts desire b4 the drinking age, bad idea... and on the not of "christion rap" that is true they do do that... like the song "Jesus Freek" but like Fly leaf, artists know what is popular and what will drae atention... Fly leaf is a christion band.. there message is Jesus, but they are cons... (more »)
nberisha said...
May 18, 2011 at 7:39 pm

this is constructive criticism, so don't be offended.

Your paragraphs were too seperated, it looked like you were writing out bullet points with out the points. You are hammering a bit. Try to use more transitions.

Also, you said that people who listen to rap are more likely to take drugs, but provided no statistics nor a source.

One last thing, you introduced the essay by mentioning several types of music, but you really only focused on two, rock and rap. Well, actually ... (more »)

nberisha replied...
May 18, 2011 at 7:41 pm
interesting topic, though. I would have loved it if you were more thorough 
Annie said...
Mar. 8, 2011 at 11:45 am
That was could use more of a point thought. about why people are affected by music...IDK.
Gabriella12<3 said...
Feb. 23, 2011 at 8:49 am
Do you believe music truly effects teens??
Ilovemusicjb(: replied...
Apr. 22, 2011 at 2:57 pm
i like music
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