Research Proposal on Negative Effect of Rock Music among Teenagers Who Idolize Rock Music Singers
Negative Effect of Rock Music among Teenagers Who Idolize Rock Music Singers
Music is everywhere and it is in every, it is considered as the way of expression in which freedom is a privilege. It has many features and purpose, like an extraordinary way of communication through art. Music can be a universal language that invokes different reactions of people until it grows on them. In this study, the purpose of the music can be described on how it affects people and no matter how they fight it, they will end up singing the particular song that catch their attention until the end of the day – in which the teenagers call as “last song syndrome”.
Background of the Study and Problem Statement
According to a psychiatrist Edward Podolsky, music or its sounds travels to the ears. The nerves of the ears distributed the sound and have more extensive connections making the human body function based on what he/she just heard (Matt, 2006). Since music has a power to touch the inner-self of the people, as much as influencing their moods or behaviors, what would be the effect of the rock music on the generation of the teenagers? Moreover, the negative effects of it are the main topic for this study.
The objectives of the study come in three parts. First is to understand the rock music in the view of the teenagers and how they idolized the rock musicians. Second is to identify the possible negative effects of the rock music on teenagers. And lastly, to establish a well-ground of facts on what is the role of music, not only for teenager but on the entire society.
The study presented several questions that can help the study in learning the truth about the rock music. Through this system, the researcher can estimate the adequate answer which is also suitable to the main problem.
1. What drives a person to write rock music or involved himself in listening to rock music?
2. What are the different views of the family/parents, singers/songwriters/musicians, and the psychologists on rock music?
3. What are the impacts created by this genre in changing the face of music industry?
In the exploration of the past studies, it is said that rock music has an equal characteristics of drugs, alcohol, and role-playing games of witchcrafts, voodoos, and Dungeons and Dragons. This might be the reason why other clinical experts argued that music can cause violent behavior, changing of attitudes, and unexplainable feeling of depression, happiness, or energetic. Furthermore, music can stimuli the sexual behavior of a person which is based on the rhythm and pornographic images or music videos (Matt, 2006; Shevy, 2007). The irregular beat of the music can control the rhythm of the person’s movements such as breathing and walking. This controllable issue of the music classified as the most powerful drug, for it can poison the person, making the person sick, or lift up its spirit. Listening to whatever kind of music has been part of the teenagers’ daily activities, especially with the technologies or gadgets that are handy (Hui, 2001). Apparently, the world-wide influence of the music can be seen on the teenagers. There are evidences that show the negative effect on the ability of the student to think and learn if the student is under the spell of rock music. Students who were found engaged in rock music and peer has a less commitment on their education (Hui, 2001; Matt, 2006). This might be the truth behind the words of Jimi Hendrix of 1969, who was considered as the rock’s greatest genius, where he finds that through his music he can hypnotize the people and reach their weakest point (Matt, 2006). Rock music has been the necessity for the development of the youth in their search for personal and social identity and this event shows the higher response in the freedom of their choice (Hui, 2001; Shevy, 2007).
The empirical method applied in the study is the use of the interviews. The participants are not asked to reveal their identity because it doesn’t play essential role in this activity and the results are clearly based on their opinions. However, the research managed to set the demographic requirements on the participants such as the age, gender, and type of music they are into.
Based on the interviews, most of the participants have less appreciated the rock music. While the other participants who loves the rock music are either wearing the style of their idols or making their own fashion statement for rock music. On the other hand, it is very obvious that the teenagers are pleased to hear the rock music with a combination of gothic preferences – or the dark-goth-rock music or the rock kind of music that involves intense beats which goes in the term of punk-rock music. There are also identified as EMO or Emotionally Motivated music as a style of rock music that is have more expressive, confessional, and melodramatic lyrics and sounds.
Music everywhere and it seems like the body moves according to its rhythm and beat and can condition the human mind. As a powerful, it can be also dangerous because there is a continuous investigation about the relation of the EMO music in many of the suicidal attempts of the teenagers. Rock music, and whatever kind of music associated into it, can widen the approach and can bring out different sides of people. But the most illustrative fact on this type of music is the negativity in which parents should be aware of. A weak person can be destroyed if all of the negative energies are surrounding him, especially on the teenagers that have the long-kept feeling that they are not loved, been betrayed, involved in family/peer issues, educational problems, dilemma on their identity, and so on.
Hui, V., 2001. Music Preferences, Music and Non-Music Media Use, and Leisure Involvement of Hong Kong Adolescents. [Online] Available at: http://rimh.ncfta.gov.tw/TWPQDD/PDFIMG/3073533.PDF. [Accessed 05 Feb 2010]
Matt, B., 2006. Music: The Power of Music. [Online] Available at: http://www.gospellight-baptist.com/Portals/7/downloads/music.pdf. [Accessed 05 Feb 2010].
Shevy, M., 2007. The Mood of Rock Music Affect Evaluation of Video Elements Differing in Valence and Dominance. Psychomusicology, Vol. 19, No. 2.