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Music: Harmful or Helpful

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Music: Harmful or Helpful
      Music affects people’s lives all around the world, whether it’s listening to music on an ipod, hearing music on the radio, or singing and playing music yourself. Music often affects our lives, moods, and even our mental health. Many studies prove that music can affect people’s daily living. The idea that various types of music affect people in many different ways comes as no shock. Many studies prove that listening to classical music with composers such as Mozart and Beethoven can enhance intelligence by increasing reasoning and verbal ability. Classical music is used in elementary education classrooms to help the children relax because studies show that it reduces tension. Other types of music such as hard rock, hard alternative, and punk take a person’s mind on chemical rollercoaster rides to highs and lows in person’s moods. Hip hop music also affect the emotions and the dopamine level in the brain, as well as increase one’s excitement level. The music playing in places such as yoga studios and spas usually differ from music played at a bar or club. (Association for Natural Psychology) While there are positive affects to listening to music, it can negatively affect the lives of the listeners and people should use caution when choosing the types of music they listen to as well as how often.
      Music influences teenagers the most in the world today. When constantly being bombarded with music in their lives, it becomes an important element in the structure each of the teenagers live in. Teenage girls often obsess with the latest trends in music, and the lives of their favorite music celebrities. This obsession can greatly influence their lives in negative ways. Music icons such as The Backstreet Boys, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, *NSYNC, and Jonas Brothers greatly affected their listeners through not only their music, but their clothing, pictures, and language as well. The tremendious push from the...


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