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The Positive and Negative Effects of Popular Music on Kids and Teens

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Robbie O'Sullivan

on 5 December 2012

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Transcript of The Positive and Negative Effects of Popular Music on Kids and Teens

The Positive and Negative Effects of Popular Music on Kids and Teens Music and the Brain Music affects the Limbic System, the part of the brain responsible for emotions. Although it is the slowest portion of the brain to react, it is also the most powerful. The Negatives Parents, pediatricians, and teachers are concerned with the negative messages regarding substance abuse, sex, and violence demonstrated in some popular music. Drinking It is widely believed that lyrics concerning alcohol encourage teens to underestimate the consequences of underage drinking. Sex The growing prevalence of teen pregnancy and STDs among teens is blamed partially on sexually explicit lyrics. Violence Violent crimes and gang related activities have been shown to play a larger role in the lives of teens who listen to violent lyrics. The Positives Thesis Question All things considered, is popular music a positive or negative influence in the lives of kids and teens? Socializing Music often introduces people who may not otherwise become friends and provides common ground in conversation. Hobby Music gives teens interested in playing an instrument a hobby. Sometimes, this leads them away from harmful activities. Escape Music gives teens a relief from the stresses of adolescence. A History of Criticism Popular music has been called a bad influence from its birth in the 1950s, all the way up to the present day. The 50s The 1950s was the birth of modern day popular music. Rock n' rollers like Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, and Little Richard were popular among teens, and parents thought that the music was a bad influence on their children. The 60s The early 60s brought British Invasion bands like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, while the late 60s was the beginning of the "Free Love" or "hippie" culture. The 70s The 70s saw the birth of the "punk" movement. Bands like the Ramones and the Who presented messages of rebellion and anti-authority in their song lyrics. Music and Gender Teen boys and teen girls generally listen to music for different reasons. Boys Teen boys tend to listen to music as entertainment or to invoke feelings of excitement. Girls Teen girls more often listen to music to relieve themselves from stress or to express themselves. Conclusion Though popular music does expose some kids and teens to drinking, sex, and violence, the positive effects outweigh the negatives.
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