Question: How does the culture of rap music have an influence on teens lives and their behavior? Introduction Intro sentence/hook: Music is essential in the lives of teens as they progress through their daily lives. It gives them a sense of relaxation, relief, and a time to let goof all that has been going through their minds. Thesis: Music has a significant amount of influence on the lives of the youth, whether it be positive or negative.
Supporting Points/Body Paragraphs Supporting Point #1 : amount of time toward music Today’s teenagers spend four to five hours a day listening to music or watching it on television (American Academy of Pediatrics, Committee on Communications 1219). A survey of 14 to 16 year olds in ten different southeastern cities showed that the time being spent listening to music was on an average of forty hours per week (American Academy of Pediatrics, Committee on Communications 1219).
One Swedish study found that adolescents who developed an early interest in violent music were more keel to be influenced by their peers and less influenced by their parents (American Academy of Pediatrics, Committee on Communications 1219). Supporting Point #2: human behavior Now more than one-thousand scientific studies and reviews conclude that significant exposure to violent music and lyrical content increase the risk of aggressive behavior in certain children and adolescents (American Academy of Pediatrics, Committee on Public Education 342).
The explicit lyrics desensitizing the listener to violence and give he impression that the world is a meaner place than it really is (American Academy of Pediatrics, Committee on Public Education 341) In a study done by Harvard University, five-hundred and eighteen videos were examined. Seventy-six video’s showed acts of interpersonal violence. There were six acts of violence per two to three minute long segments. There were a total of four-hundred and sixty-two shootings, stabbings, punching, and kicking’. (Patterson 164). Supporting Point #3: “rap culture/influence”
Over the last thirty years, violent Juvenile crime has Jumped by more that five hundred percent (United States Senate, Committee on Governmental Affairs 1998). The average young viewer is exposed to fourteen thousand sexual references each year, yet only a handful provide an accurate portrayal of responsible sexual behavior or accurate information about birth control, abstinence, or the risks of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (American Academy of Pediatrics, Committee on Public Education 342) In the fashion side of the music industry, half-skirts and mint-skirts ere prevalent.
For the guys, afro and the tough-guy, slender but muscular look was portrayed (Patterson 167). Conclusion Music plays a vital role in the lives of teens. However, the way the youth decide to rap music influence By tabbies vulgar, disrespectful form of expression, not all lyrics are equally inadequate to the intent of the artist. Music lyrics are the artists’ own form of expression whether it be associated with worldwide political issues, their life, or minor issues they feel the need to address.