Does Music Affect Teens Essay

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Does Music Affect Teens? Can the Music Youth Listen to Affect Their Behavior? Music is often blamed for influencing particular behaviors, but does it really do so? Why is music sometimes associated with negative behavior and actions? With music being such a staple in youth culture, it seems that each teenager has a “soundtrack to their life.” But, are they just innocently listening to their favorite tunes? Or are they in for something more? In the media it seems that certain groups that are affiliated with particular genres of music, often seen with styles such as rap and hard-rock/heavy metal, are pinpointed when something within their community goes awry, as having been strongly influenced by the music they listen to. But …show more content…
Because I represent what everyone is afraid of, because I say and do whatever I want.” Similar to, but not to the same extent, the media made a point to mention that Kimveer Gill, the shooter at the more recent Sept. 13, 2006, shooting at Dawson College in Montréal, Que., followed the music and lifestyle of a Goth. Why Blame Music? Why would the media have mentioned the type of music that the killers listen to whether or not it was not attributing it to the shooting? The answer is simple: moral panic. The term, originally coined by sociologist Stanley Cohen, simply means a reaction to something based on a perception, which, in many cases, is highly exaggerated or even bias. As put by Manson, he believes that he represents what people are afraid of. Moral panics tend to thrive off of this. Often based from stereotypes, panics are spread thus pinpointing a specific group, often unrighteous in doing so. Since panics and fears often tend to be derived from what we are afraid of (and that is often what we’re uncomfortable with), blaming a subgroup often seems like the easiest, but not necessarily the correct, thing to do. So, Is There A Connection? In an article appearing in Adolescence Magazine, the author writes that King, a child psychologist, "stops short of suggesting a cause and effect relationship between listening to this music and destructive behavior, he suggests that it is

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