Some believe rock music negatively affects the mental state of a person’s mind. This is the theory inflicting “old people” everywhere as they puzzle over the next generation’s mood swings and anti-social behavior. Back in the Renaissance era, musical note patterns that are common in rock and metal songs today (such as minor scales) were considered notes that summoned the devil himself. Those notes were banned and considered sinful if played aloud. Now, these musical patterns are obviously not “sinful,” as people assumed hundreds of years ago. Otherwise the world would be in utter catastrophe. Sadly, rock music today still has a bad reputation, but new studies today show that rock music does not badly influence its listeners.
To what effect does rock music, particularly metal, have on people? Many researchers accuse metal as the cause for aggression, depression, and other behavioral problems among teenagers. This is wrong. Research has shown that heavy rock music actually decreases these negative feelings and relieves stress to those who prefer to listen to this genre. However, if someone who prefers country listens to heavy metal, their feelings of aggression increase. Emotions all depend on a person’s preferred genre, not the actual genre itself.
Too many times has rock music been blamed in tragedies. The most distressing example is the Columbine Shootings in 1999, when Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 13 people, and injured 24 others. Unfortunately, the media placed the blame on their musical tastes. Both boys expressed interest in heavy metal and Goth music, and reporters were quick to point fingers at artists such as Marilyn Manson. When delving into their personal lives, however, it was found that the boys felt like outcasts at school, were picked on and teased, and thus reacted in an extreme, terrifying way. People fear what they do not know, and blaming social problems on music is a quick, inaccurate solution.
Music does not inhibit life, but enriches it. Every category of music will generate different feelings in every different person, so next time someone wants to accuse rock music of instigating angry emotions in teenagers, know they are misinformed. Those who love rock wont stop listening to it if it makes them feel good.