Music Stereotypes

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It’s Not A Phase Mom Black hair, black clothes, piercings, tattoos and studded accessories. While this image may make you feel like you just accidentally walked into a Hot Topic store at the mall, those characteristics produce the same generic image of someone who probably listens to heavy or extreme music. Hardcore music is an extremely broad genre but can be broken down into four main subgenres: punk, emo, screamo and heavy metal. Often these hardcore people get judged for being out of control or violent and are thought to be unfriendly or harsh to others who are not like them. However, this is not the case. People who have these tattoos and piercings are almost always the friendliest and most accepting and could care less if you have just as much body art as they do and have dyed your hair four different colors or if …show more content…
Research done this summer by the University of Queensland in Australia has concluded that harcore music has the exact opposite effect on listeners. The study had 39 participants who regularly listened to hardcore music between the ages of 18 and 34. The participants listed subjects that would possibly irritate them and then they were to listen to music for ten minutes followed by sitting in silence for ten minutes. Participants were then asked to choose music from their playlists to listen to with half picking hardcore music and the others choosing calm and relaxing music. However, those who chose the hardcore music reported they chose those songs to match their anger and calm down. The results of the study showed that the participant’s levels of anger, hostility and stress decreased after listening to the heavier music. According to the study, “the music helped them explore the full gamut of emotion they felt, but also left them feeling more active and inspired” ("Listening to 'extreme ' music makes you calmer, not angrier, according to

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