Musical Influences: Substance Abuse
Does music change how people feel about substance abuse?
How much time do people spend listening to music?
According to New York Times, “Teenagers listen to an average of nearly 2.5 hours of music per day. That means kids are receiving about 35 references to substance abuse for every hour of music they listen to, the authors determined.” Even though rap music is the most common genre to find references about substance abuse, there are also other genres that make the same references. Everyday people are listening to almost 3 hours of music with lyrics constantly telling them things. After you hear something drilling ideas into your head, you start to believe them. I know for a fact that I listen to more than that 2.5 hours of music a day, granted my music doesn't glorify substance abuse. The point is that teenagers are starting to get the idea that substance abuse is how to be "cool".
Do certain genres make substance abuse seem okay?
How do substance abuse references affect a child's life?
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