By Nafisah S
How does music and music videos influence you or impacted your life? How does the song Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke make you feel compared to Firework by Katy Perry?
We’ve ask four students from Binghamton High School the same question. Many students like both songs. A junior at Binghamton High School said, “I think these songs are fun, I can’t take it seriously, you just have to laugh.” However, many people think Blurred Lines is very sexual and downgrading to women.
Different people have different taste, and various types of music have many ways of leaving an impact on someone. It can be relaxing, angering, soothing, energizing, and many more. Rap, pop, rock, country, indie, alternative, and hardcore are some of the types of music in the world. Music sends out either good or bad messages that have big impacts on how people act. Many people say music “reflects” their behavior.
A lot of people come to the conclusion that rap music has a very big impact on the world. Listening to the lyrics, they usually revolve around sex and drugs, and those are topics many parents do not want their kids being involved in. Many of the music videos made by rap artists show these topics in them.
People can use music to express themselves in ways it can’t be expressed through behavior, or art. You can usually tell how someone’s feeling by the type of music he or she is listening to at the time. The music teenagers listen to is likely to influence the choices they make. For example, pop music with strong lyrics that advocate for violence is likely to influence rebellious tendencies. Additionally, teenagers who listen to music that degrades sex or with strong sexual language are more likely to indulge in sex at an early age. One student said, “All music has an effect on society, I think the negative music is more popular right now than the positive.”
Teens also follow pop musicians through various media and over the Internet. Pop music influences the fashion choices teenagers make. Pop musicians are trendsetters and are often featured in magazines, fashion blogs and various media that teenagers use for fashion inspiration. Teens also look up to these artists as cool and will often emulate their styles on the red carpet and in music videos. The pressure to look cool may affect teenagers’ self-esteem if they cannot afford the clothes celebrities wear. You can encourage your teen to develop a personal sense of style and only rely on the music videos and artists as a source of inspiration.