Research Paper

Sadly, music has evolved into what it is today, a poor excuse for a piece of art, riddled with profuse amounts of vulgarity, and profanity. Rap music with explicit lyrics may trigger risky sexual behavior in teens. “According to a recent study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, listening to rap music for three hours or more each day can encourage promiscuous sexual behavior in teens. Rap music’s sexual overtones “gives you the idea that everyone is doing it,’” said Kimberly Johnson-Baker, lead author and faculty associate in the Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health, in the news release. “And the more you’re listening to it, the more you’re conforming, so you could see how it would set up a belief about what your peers are doing,” she added.”.(Borreli n.p.) Music plays an important role in the socialization of children and adolescents. Adolescents use music in their process of identity formation. A number of studies have demonstrated that there is a relationship between music and emotions. Several more have demonstrated that preference for certain types of music could be correlated or associated with certain behaviors, such as the association of drug and alcohol use.(Impact n.p.)Today’s music is ruthlessly tainting the minds of societies youth, by infiltrating their innocent minds from the first day of retainable consciousness. Fans of heavy metal and rap music show a greater tendency to engage in reckless behavior than their peers who were not fans of those types of music. Men who listened to misogynistic lyrics showed increased aggressive responses toward women as well as a more negative perception of them. In a study in which adolescents who preferred heavy metal and rap music were compared with those who preferred other types of music, results indicated that the former consistently showed below-average current and elementary school grades, with a history of counseling in elementary school for academic problems.(Impact n.p.)  This type of music is harshly drilling these corrupt morals and ethics into the untamed brains of today’s youth. Such severe manipulation of the people’s perception of, not only themselves, but one another, has only fueled the flames of violence in the world. These subservient pawns of destruction are easily spotted in day-to-day life retaliating against authority, and disrespecting fellow earth goers, all the while receiving praise from their fellow sponge-brained brethren.