Here’s the thing about metal this survey doesn’t touch upon. We listen to metal because we don’t see the world through rose-colored glasses. We are realistic motherfuckers, with our feet firmly planted on the ground. We subscribe to the notion that if you’re not angry, you’re not thinking. If we were carefree, obliviously-happy idiots, we’d be listening to pop music.
That said, a new study claims there is a connection between metal music and depression. The study claims young people who are most at risk for depression are more likely to listen habitually and repetitively to heavy metal music. I wonder how much money they wasted on this survey.
Dr. Katrina McFerran, a researcher at the University Of Melbourne has been working on this study, that aims to find out why some young people use heavy metal music in a negative way.
By conducting in-depth interviews with 50 young people between the ages of 13 and 18, along with a national survey of 1,000 young people, McFerran is looking to develop an early intervention model that can be integrated into schools to impact positively before behavioral problems occur.
“The MP3 revolution means that young people are accessing music more than ever before and it’s not uncommon for some to listen to music for seven or eight hours a day,” this chick says. “Most young people listen to a range of music in positive ways; to block out crowds, to lift their mood or to give them energy when exercising, but young people at risk of depression are more likely to be listening to music, particularly heavy metal music, in a negative way.
“Examples of this are when someone listens to the same song or album of heavy metal music over and over again and doesn’t listen to anything else. They do this to isolate themselves or escape from reality,” this broad explains.
“If this behavior continues over a period of time then it might indicate that this young person is suffering from depression or anxiety, and at worst, might suggest suicidal tendencies,” she added.
Fucking love Suicidal Tendencies, man. They fucking rule. How is that a bad thing? I mean, some people are more prone to depression. These people seem to like metal. Where’s the harm in that?
McFerran said parents should be aware of their children’s music listening habits, pick up on early warning signs and take early action — which, I am assuming, means take the kid’s metal records away.
“If parents are worried, they should ask their children questions like — how does that music make you feel? If children say the music reflects or mirrors the way they feel then ask more about what the music is saying,” she said. “If listening doesn’t make them feel good about themselves, this should ring alarm bells. Alternatively, if parents notice a downturn in their child’s mood after listening to music this is also a cause for showing interest and getting involved.”