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How Music Affects Teens

June 12, 2009
By Mariam Saeed SILVER, Smithtown, New York
Mariam Saeed SILVER, Smithtown, New York
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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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YoMama said...
on Jan. 19 2012 at 9:01 pm
What was your grade on this english paper?

cinnamon345 said...
on Dec. 11 2011 at 7:35 pm
achoo i sneezed on yo face 

on Nov. 16 2011 at 7:40 pm
u are so retared u dont know about music cause some teens can be involved in drugs and sex so yeah stfu cause u dont know anything about music

on Nov. 10 2011 at 10:35 am
Can anyone tell me when this article was published or written? Like what date?(: Please.  Thanks :D

mitchyy said...
on Nov. 9 2011 at 12:57 pm
it  kool

imawesome said...
on Nov. 7 2011 at 1:56 pm
Well On This Website, Its On Teen Ink. But It Doesnt Really Talk About How It Affects Teens.

S.Shaams.Jr said...
on Nov. 6 2011 at 9:00 am
what the hell is this...rap and rock aren't the most heard music genre and almost all rap songs don't include sex and drugs....does this brilliant writer know anything about music!!

JuneTaz said...
on Nov. 3 2011 at 4:08 pm
what the-ampersand said! :D

gothchica said...
on Nov. 2 2011 at 1:33 pm
i love screamo

on Oct. 12 2011 at 9:55 pm
the-ampersand PLATINUM, Ogdensbury, New York
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so OMG by usher wasn't objectifying women?

on Oct. 12 2011 at 9:54 pm
the-ampersand PLATINUM, Ogdensbury, New York
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good points brought up-- maybe dig more into the effect of other genres? rap and rock are widely popular, but as you mentioned-- there are also a lot of other influential genres. well done.

RuLiZ11 said...
on Oct. 12 2011 at 2:47 pm
i agree 

on Oct. 12 2011 at 12:32 am
JairG_JazzTenor BRONZE, Glendale, Arizona
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Favorite Quote:
"Don't play whats there, play whats not there" -Miles Davis-

I agree with this, because especially with the younger generations because so many kids listen to rap that has bad influences and they begin to start bad habits as they grow.

Jenna_L BRONZE said...
on Oct. 1 2011 at 3:13 pm
Jenna_L BRONZE, Bixby, Oklahoma
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Favorite Quote:
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex, it takes a bit of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.
~Albert Einstein~

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 message itself is completely different in how it was interpreted by me as well as several others.

hi lol said...
on Sep. 21 2011 at 2:38 pm

lol hi said...
on Sep. 21 2011 at 2:36 pm
hi chynna how are you

Xandra said...
on Sep. 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.

on Aug. 29 2011 at 8:04 pm
authorkid BRONZE, Hazel Park, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"Teller of untruths, your pants have combusted!" I wish I knew the guy who came up with it. I'm borrowing it in my book. I found the saying on MLIA

Not entirely true. People make Jesus raps.

on Aug. 29 2011 at 7:28 pm
SuperPanda409 SILVER, State College, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
If this is love I don't wanna be loved.- Get Scared

‎We are made of love and all the beauty stemming from it. We are made of love and every fracture caused by the lack of it.- Sleeping At Last

Radio say you can rap about anything except for jesus- Kanye 

on Aug. 29 2011 at 12:05 pm
Xella714 BRONZE, Salem, Massachusetts
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Studies show that people who are more into rap do drugs one time in their lives. I am pretty sure thats incorrect. Maybe say "are more likely" next time