Everybody appreciates the stimulating effects of music. Teens, according to sales figures, consume more music than any other age group in America. Due to the mass quantities of music enjoyed by teens, parents tend to worry about the possible negative effect of lyrics on their children. There have also been immense amounts of studies proving the correlation between lyrics and negative teen behavior. Musical lyrics have the extreme possibility to play a role in negative teen behavior as shown in court cases, the impressionability of teens, and the correlation between bad behavior in teens and their actions.
In certain court cases it has been shown that a teen listening to a band like The Insane Clown Posse is more likely to commit a major felon than someone like someone listening to The Backstreet Boys. In a previous case, a girl and her boyfriend, Ethan and Tara, murdered their unfortunate classmate, Sarah. Ethan and Tara were the misfits, the “bad kids”. Many students were afraid to upset or anger them. Ethan and Tara’s band of choice was The Insane Clown Posse. While listening to this band, they decided they had had enough of Sarah. With music shrieking and uttering lyrics of death and murder, the pair grabbed Sarah, brutally assaulted her, chopped her up, and then burned the remains. The parts were found weeks later, and the two pled temporary insanity due to the seductive draw of the music’s lyrics.
Although there are heinous crimes claiming to be the product of lyrics, some consequences of lyrics are less severe. Many teens have stolen, lied, and even bullied other kids all because certain song lyrics “told them to”. The songs are being used as an excuse to do morally wrong things. Some lyrics spew hatred and idiocy, and with today’s impressionable youth, more teens are apt to follow in the footsteps of their musical idols.
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