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Heavy Metal Melancholy

Most people listen to music to make themselves feel better, and find that it works, but a subgroup of teenagers find that listening to heavy metal makes them feel worse yet continue to do so repetitively.

“The mp3 revolution means that young people are accessing music more than ever before, and it’s not uncommon for some to listen to music for seven or eight hours a day,” says Dr Katrina McFerran of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

In most cases this is a positive experience, but after surveying 1000 13–18-year-olds and conducting interviews with 50, McFerran found that some listening styles are correlated with depression. “Examples of this are when someone listens to the same song or album of heavy metal music over and over again and...

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