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Ongoing History Daily: Lots of music equals depressed teens?

There have been gazillions of studies linking music listening habits to mood and behaviour. Here’s another one.

About a decade ago, a University of Pittsburgh study found that teenagers who spend more time listening to music rather than reading books are more likely to be depressed. Here’s a quote from the article in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine: “[Y]oung people who were exposed to the most music compared to those who listened to music the least were 8.3 times more likely to be depressed.”

I have no idea what kind of music they’re talking about or how long these kids were listening to it. Be careful about jumping to conclusions.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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