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The Correlation Between Song Lyrics and Human Behaviour

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Leah Policicchio

on 20 January 2014

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The Correlation Between Song Lyrics and Human Behaviour
Song lyrics affect children
Music and song lyrics are relevant in a child's life, because it entertains them and teaches them lessons early in life.
Songs like the "Itsy Bitsy Spider" and "Mary Had a Little Lamb" create welcoming and accepting attitudes among children.

Song lyrics affect teenagers
It is a proven fact that adolescents ranging from ages 12-18 are just as easily affected by song lyrics on the radio, as they are from social media cites.
Song lyrics affect us positively
Song Lyrics affect us negatively
"How Music Affects Us" video clip

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Lyrics construct the form and quality of a song or poem. Song lyrics pertain to the expression of intense feeling or emotion.
All song lyrics affect human behaviour positively or negatively, through children and adolescents.

What are lyrics?

The majority of songs that affect us negatively are of rap, heavy metal and hip hop genre.

"These types of songs contain lyrical content that portray anti-social themes of angst, retribution, and alienation, which may refer to sexual acitivty, drug use, suicide, and violence" (Ballard, Bazzini, Dodson).

Degrading lyrics impact on behaviour by resulting in severe emotional and psychological changes, along with false perceptions of how one should act.

It all depends on how the person listening takes it to heart. Inappropriate lyrics may or may not put someone on the path of self-destruction. If a teen or adult distinguish the violence and sex as something they should go out and do, and end up in prison, then it did affect them in a negative way
(Dunn, DeFazio).
Music that wakes us up in the morning, songs that we dance to, and songs that soothe us when we're down, are all examples of how music and lyrics beneficially impact on our moods.

The University of Sussex created a study to determine the affects on students after listening to positively-written music.
After one group of students listened to songs with inspirational messages and another listened to songs with neutral messages, a cup of pencils was "accidentally" knocked over. It came as no surprise that the students that immediately retrieved the pencils, were those who listened to the uplifting music.

"Positive song lyrics help develop a child's self-esteem, comprehension skills, and listening skills" (Silberg).

Children are also exposed to explicit songs on the radio. Even though young children are incapable of understanding lyrics, inappropriate words and actions
can be repeated and mimicked by them.

Teenagers that choose to watch channels (MTV and Much Music) are exposed to explicit language, behaviour, and substance-related references.
As a result, "Teen suicide has tripled, teen pregnancy has skyrocketed, and teen drug use has increased over 50% in the past 30 years" (Lilijequist).

Lyrics that portray themes of self-acceptance, friendship, and perseverance are beneficial to the behaviour of adolescents. They help teens move on from relationships, ignore bullies and accept their flaws.
Even though music and lyrical content has changed drastically over time, lyrics still affect our behaviours positively and negatively, and the ways we perceive the world.
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Thanks for listening
& I hope you enjoyed!
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