Monday, May 10, 2021

The Effects Of Music to People

Music has been a huge influence to people of all ages even before the pandemic began. People including me listen to music during commute, while passing time, during baths, or even before going to sleep. I believe during the COVID-19 lockdown, even more people are into listening to music. I can even see it with my own son who's 13 years old who always listen to his favorite Spotify music list.

Good Music Brings Out Positivity 

I personally don't listen to new music nowadays because the music I listen to are the same list of songs I've been listening to since college. But my sisters would often listen to the South Korean Pop group, BTS (Bangtan Sonyeondan), and I'm curious what they're all about. I mean they're South Korean so I would hear songs sung in Korean, but I have to admit the tune of their music is kind of catchy. I would also see some videos in my Facebook page of kids dancing to their music. It's pretty cool to see them dance with such enthusiasm.

I saw their "Black Swan" video once, not the one where the group was singing in an empty theater, but the one performed by the MN Dance Company, a contemporary dance group. I thought it was pretty deep where the "little swan" started out as the one following others and others setting his boundaries until he eventually found what he's capable of resulting to other swans following him in the end. I thought that was a pretty beautiful video. And then BTS released songs like Dynamite, Life Goes On, and more. I haven't listened to all their songs, but I believe people put them on the pedestal because their songs also elevate their spirits especially during this tough time. Some fans even mentioned that it helped them go through their problems in life which I can really relate during my teenage years. I really applaud the people behind record labels for supporting such beautiful music such as Bang Si-hyuk from Big Hit Entertainment and even Benjy Grinberg from Rostrum Records – they were the ones behind Wiz Khalifa’s album and I really like his song, See You Again. Music Increases Productivity

According to anarticle from BBC, one 2019 survey of 2,000 Britons found that around halfregularly listen to music while they work – with two out of five believing that it helps them to get more done. And as headphones have become standard work accessories and productivity playlists have racked up millions of views on YouTube, some companies have started to broadcast music over entire workplaces. I personally agree on this article because I, too, have my own headphone even at home and listen to my playlist to get work done – it keeps me pumped up other than coffee.

Is This Magic or Science? 

Yes, there is a perfectly good explanation for this. According to Science Focus, ourbody has its own “pharmacy” for dispensing an array of chemicals to help yourespond to different situations: calming you down when you need to take a nap, or putting you on high alert if you’re in danger.

This is where music can help. Listening to calming music has been shown to diminish the adrenaline and cortisol levels in the bloodstream and therefore reduce stress. Researchers at the University of Toronto have even shown that this is true of distressed babies.

On top of this, the fact that music is pleasurable tells the internal pharmacist to start handing out chemicals like dopamine and serotonin, which will improve your mood and help to banish the stress and depression.

Though I must also point out that it depends on the music you listen to if it gives you a relaxing mood or a stressful mood because the type of music affects different types of people so that’s another story to tell.

So that’s that, my dear readers. I hope this article has somehow enlightened you a bit of the effect of music to us. Thank you for reading!

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