Music Is The Source Of A Young Individual 's Violent Behavior

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There have been multiple cases where music is claimed to be the source of a young individual’s violent behavior. Although there are many factors that go into determining aggression and violence, I was interested if certain genres of music such as rap, rock, and heavy metal and its lyrical content could really cause some violence. It’s a growing epidemic in our country of violent children committing brutal acts on society. Many claim that these violent behaviors can come from violent video games and movies, but is violent music being overlooked as a cause? Music is influential, and younger individuals could interpret violent and negative music content as something that is acceptable to do. This topic is significant to research and learn about because with all of the violent acts committed by children and young adults in the past few years it is interesting to see if music has had any effect. Certain genres of music such as heavy metal and rock have been under attack due to their harsh references to sex, drugs, violence, and even Satanism. It is unclear though if adolescents are affected by these references or even pay attention to them that much. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics though, recently over one thousand studies have come to the conclusion that heavy exposure to violent music increases the risk of violent behavior in adolescents (Liljequist, 2002). One of these experimental studies that have been conducted was produced by Craig Anderson and Nicholas Carnagey in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. One of their experiments’ procedure was for both male and female participants to listen to a violent rock song and a non-violent rock song, and then have them fill out an “agree or disagree” form on c... ... middle of paper ... ... story and experiences through music (110). Rap is not just music, but a story and that rap music is the only way for the black youth to escape from the pain in which they live (Malek, 111). So does this violent type of music actually help individuals and not hurt? Overall, music may not be the one and only cause of violence but it does have a hand in it depending on the person. One would have to consider the adolescent’s home life, emotional state, exposure to violent movies and video games, and multiple other factors. Some would even agree that music can help adolescents through tough times and make them feel as if they are not alone. I thought this project was interesting because I would have never thought that music could affect someone and increase their risk of being aggressive or violent, but studies have concluded that it can in certain individuals.
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