Are Teens Into Music More Likely To Be Depressed?

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Which came first, the music or the depression? They say classical music boosts your baby’s brain activity. And music has been known to soothe the savage beast. Now music may play a hand in your teenager’s depression. Via PsychCentral:

The link between media exposure and adolescent emotional health continues to be a hot research area. In a new study, researchers found that teens who spend more time listening to music, rather than  reading books, are more likely to be depressed.

Researchers said this study was unique as it sampled the behaviors of study participants in real time using a technique called ecological momentary assessment.

The method is more reliable than standard surveys and helped researchers recognize this large association between exposure to music and depression, said Brian Primack, M.D., Ed.M., M.S., assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics at Pitt’s School of Medicine, who led the study.

Some 106 teens were involved in the study, 46 of whom were diagnosed with major depressive disorder.

[Continues at PsychCentral]

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  • http://strictlyapathy.comoj.com/ SoulArbiter

    I’d say the teenagers would’ve already been in their depressed state. Music just provided them with a moment’s reprieve.

    Then again, I’m not Mr. Brian Primack.

    • Tchoutoye

      Repeat 100 times:

      Correlation is not causality.

      • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

        I think this should probably be the first sentence of any article that says in the title one of the following (Definitely not exhaustive): “Correlation”, “more/less Likely”, “statistically”, “has shown that..”, “scientists…”, “psychologists…” … etc. you get the idea

    • claire

      yeah, i’d say that maybe the depression causes the music-listening…
      music makes most people feel better :)

  • http://strictlyapathy.comoj.com SoulArbiter

    I’d say the teenagers would’ve already been in their depressed state. Music just provided them with a moment’s reprieve.

    Then again, I’m not Mr. Brian Primack.

  • Tchoutoye

    Repeat 100 times:

    Correlation is not causality.

  • Poopee

    you mean shitty music makes teens depressed. if kids are listening to artists who are also probably depressed, and express their depression through music, of course kids will relate with it. johannes brahms (and any other composer/real musician) was probably depressed, but all of his pieces were glorious none the less…he expressed emotion and pain through his music…but when someone listens to it, they hear the beauty. if you have a emo-pop-punk singer talking about how f’ed up his life is and how girls hate him….other peeps listening will relate to it.

  • Poopee

    you mean shitty music makes teens depressed. if kids are listening to artists who are also probably depressed, and express their depression through music, of course kids will relate with it. johannes brahms (and any other composer/real musician) was probably depressed, but all of his pieces were glorious none the less…he expressed emotion and pain through his music…but when someone listens to it, they hear the beauty. if you have a emo-pop-punk singer talking about how f’ed up his life is and how girls hate him….other peeps listening will relate to it.

  • Hadrian999

    after hearing today’s pop music I’d say it’s a distinct possibility

  • Hadrian999

    after hearing today’s pop music I’d say it’s a distinct possibility

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    I think this should probably be the first sentence of any article that says in the title one of the following (Definitely not exhaustive): “Correlation”, “more/less Likely”, “statistically”, “has shown that..”, “scientists…”, “psychologists…” … etc. you get the idea

  • Anonymous_Reader

    That angry rap music is pretty depressing, having some guy yell at you about problems in the hood or whatever, not able to carry a tune, accompanied by some monotonous beat box or simple boring loop in Pro Tools that might sound good if you’ve sucked one too many bongs. If someone forced me to listen to that crap I’d be depressed.

    • Poopee

      true, but you cant generalize it to rap. shitty music is in every genre. there is beautiful rap, classical, pop, jazz, all of the freaking above ect ect…and sucking one too many bongs doesn’t necessarily make something shitty turn into something good. sometimes its the exact opposite.

    • Poopee

      and when you say ‘some guy yell(ing) at you about problems in the good or ‘whatever’…it just sounds so condescending. would you rather them take their frustrations out on other people via violence? or respect them for expressing their frustrations out via lyrics and music? open up your mind dude. im not saying i like or agree with every bit of rap out there…but to demean it is simply being negative.

  • Anonymous

    That angry rap music is pretty depressing, having some guy yell at you about problems in the hood or whatever, not able to carry a tune, accompanied by some monotonous beat box or simple boring loop in Pro Tools that might sound good if you’ve sucked one too many bongs. If someone forced me to listen to that crap I’d be depressed.

  • http://twitter.com/AnitaCigarette Anita Cigarette.

    I’ll admit that when I was a teenager I listened to some dark stuff & I was quite depressed. I think metal & sad lyrics can sink into your psyche & start damaging you after a while. I cut the Marilyn Manson phase out of my life, but now I enjoy him in moderation. That is the answer to many of our problems. MODERATION.

  • http://twitter.com/AnitaCigarette Anita Cigarette.

    I’ll admit that when I was a teenager I listened to some dark stuff & I was quite depressed. I think metal & sad lyrics can sink into your psyche & start damaging you after a while. I cut the Marilyn Manson phase out of my life, but now I enjoy him in moderation. That is the answer to many of our problems. MODERATION.

  • http://www.tomasha.com/wallpapers/hollywood-mobile-wallpapers.php Hollywood Wallpapers

    I disagree with the outcome of the research. Music makes me feel good always whether it’s sad or cheerful. I hate pop music more than anything else. It create a mess in your mind; even some of the words lead you towards satanism.

  • Anonymous

    I think some music influenced on teenagers bad, especially hard rock!!!! they become more agressive and rude. Fortunately, my 13 years old daughter listens to classical music and sometimes pop music! Thanks to http://www.torrentoff.com we have at home great classical music collection and we there are lots of music to chose! Especially we like Beethoven!

  • Monica456

    I think some music influenced on teenagers bad, especially hard rock!!!! they become more agressive and rude. Fortunately, my 13 years old daughter listens to classical music and sometimes pop music! Thanks to http://www.torrentoff.com we have at home great classical music collection and we there are lots of music to chose! Especially we like Beethoven!

  • Theeorganizationoftheorganized

    Its cause they do not have any good music no more. Led Zep they have whut Justin Timberlake so all the music today is brainwashing greed and sex into their heads and then they feel depressed cause they think maybe I don’t have it so they play the part even more. Wake up from cia mkultra programming in the media. Tools!

  • Theeorganizationoftheorganized

    Its cause they do not have any good music no more. Led Zep they have whut Justin Timberlake so all the music today is brainwashing greed and sex into their heads and then they feel depressed cause they think maybe I don’t have it so they play the part even more. Wake up from cia mkultra programming in the media. Tools!

    • justagirl

      (?) they have zep. classic rock is classic – not going away stuff.

  • justagirl

    (?) they have zep. classic rock is classic – not going away stuff.

  • Anonymous

    It may not be lyrics, I think it is more the key or juxtaposition of both. I’m not very trained in music so it’s hard to describe. I can listen to The Smiths – Morrissey crooning those depressing lyrics perfectly with great instrumentals and it makes my day every time. I love that stuff.

    Anything by Arvo Pärt is wonderful for emotional release. I could go on – music is very important to me. I’m sure there are Ph.D. theses and books on the subject of the relationship between music and one’s mental state.

    I could never handle Disco or Rap, though. When those started playing on the radio years ago I was instantly repelled. Thank the Lord for iPods.

  • Anonymous_Reader

    It may not be lyrics, I think it is more the key or juxtaposition of both. I’m not very trained in music so it’s hard to describe. I can listen to The Smiths – Morrissey crooning those depressing lyrics perfectly with great instrumentals and it makes my day every time. I love that stuff.

    Anything by Arvo Pärt is wonderful for emotional release. I could go on – music is very important to me. I’m sure there are Ph.D. theses and books on the subject of the relationship between music and one’s mental state.

    I could never handle Disco or Rap, though. When those started playing on the radio years ago I was instantly repelled. Thank the Lord for iPods.

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  • Poopee

    true, but you cant generalize it to rap. shitty music is in every genre. there is beautiful rap, classical, pop, jazz, all of the freaking above ect ect…and sucking one too many bongs doesn’t necessarily make something shitty turn into something good. sometimes its the exact opposite.

  • Poopee

    and when you say ‘some guy yell(ing) at you about problems in the good or ‘whatever’…it just sounds so condescending. would you rather them take their frustrations out on other people via violence? or respect them for expressing their frustrations out via lyrics and music? open up your mind dude. im not saying i like or agree with every bit of rap out there…but to demean it is simply being negative.

  • Matt

    Most poeple I know that are heavily effected by music also seem to be more prone depresssion.

    Maybe music soothes the savage beast.

  • Matt

    Most poeple I know that are heavily effected by music also seem to be more prone depresssion.

    Maybe music soothes the savage beast.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Over the years I have noticed that when depression sets in (and my periodic bouts are comparatively mild…just inconvenient) I suddenly desire more music in my life. Most notably, my tastes change when I’m feeling down…from my traditional long time love of punk and uptempo tunes…to old country and blues. Music, especially music that empathizes with sorrow, regret, loss etc, naturally calls to me during ‘hard times of the soul’.

    …but it doesn’t matter what mood I’m in…perky pop makes me experience homicidal/suicidal impulses within minutes. I could be blaring the Sex Pistols at top volume and I love the whole world and smile from ear to ear…but 3 minutes of Miley or Britney and I wanna gutshoot and axemurder a busload of nuns and burn the corpses…or if trapped in the room with no way to escape the horror…better a bullet between the ears than another minute of pop music.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Over the years I have noticed that when depression sets in (and my periodic bouts are comparatively mild…just inconvenient) I suddenly desire more music in my life. Most notably, my tastes change when I’m feeling down…from my traditional long time love of punk and uptempo tunes…to old country and blues. Music, especially music that empathizes with sorrow, regret, loss etc, naturally calls to me during ‘hard times of the soul’.

    …but it doesn’t matter what mood I’m in…perky pop makes me experience homicidal/suicidal impulses within minutes. I could be blaring the Sex Pistols at top volume and I love the whole world and smile from ear to ear…but 3 minutes of Miley or Britney and I wanna gutshoot and axemurder a busload of nuns and burn the corpses…or if trapped in the room with no way to escape the horror…better a bullet between the ears than another minute of pop music.

  • OutOfTune

    What a lovely opportunity for everyone to posit their personal tastes as scientific fact. The relationship between media and emotion is complex, and it seems suspicious to suggest that one kind of exposure has x impact, without indicating the other kinds of media patterns present. Time listening to music could also be correlated with time online, or tendency toward certain social circles, or a huge number of other things not taken into account. It also suggests that certain kinds of media use are mutually exclusive oppositions; reading books and listening to music, for example. This conclusion is hugely interpretive, and the fact that nearly half of ALL study participants were diagnosed with depression also points toward bias, perhaps in the demographics of subjects chosen, or some other factor of emotional health, i.e. EVERYTHING ELSE about the participants’ lives.

  • OutOfTune

    What a lovely opportunity for everyone to posit their personal tastes as scientific fact. The relationship between media and emotion is complex, and it seems suspicious to suggest that one kind of exposure has x impact, without indicating the other kinds of media patterns present. Time listening to music could also be correlated with time online, or tendency toward certain social circles, or a huge number of other things not taken into account. It also suggests that certain kinds of media use are mutually exclusive oppositions; reading books and listening to music, for example. This conclusion is hugely interpretive, and the fact that nearly half of ALL study participants were diagnosed with depression also points toward bias, perhaps in the demographics of subjects chosen, or some other factor of emotional health, i.e. EVERYTHING ELSE about the participants’ lives.

  • Grooveboss

    depends on what song. Neuro-liquistic programming

  • Grooveboss

    depends on what song. Neuro-liquistic programming

  • claire

    yeah, i’d say that maybe the depression causes the music-listening…
    music makes most people feel better :)