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    Ok so some may feel I'm overreacting but there is something in this I think. Ok so a few years back I gave up television mainly after reading Remotely controlled by Aric Sigman, then video games, smartphones, caffeine and pornography and I feel good for doing so (I don't mean pleased with myself for doing so but actually physically and mentally healthier). This has brought my attention to music which I believe releases dopamine - can you overdo this?

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    I read about 432 frequency in music and started wondering about this myself. I personally stopped listening to most music except for some classical for a few months now and have discovered my taste and tolerance changing as a result. I can not stand country anymore when before I enjoyed it socially. I no longer want to listen to metal, which has always been my music of choice. I now lean more toward acoustic stuff like Jack Johnson. Maybe I'm not angry or depressed enough to relate to metal and country or maybe they were making me angry and depressed. I have reached the conclusion that music should enrich your life and make you feel good and if it doesn't, I don't bother with it. I would enjoy reading any long term studies done about the effects of music on long term behavior. All I can find is stuff about 432 and it is full of conspiracy mumbo jumbo.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by rhee View Post
      I read about 432 frequency in music and started wondering about this myself. I personally stopped listening to most music except for some classical for a few months now and have discovered my taste and tolerance changing as a result. I can not stand country anymore when before I enjoyed it socially. I no longer want to listen to metal, which has always been my music of choice. I now lean more toward acoustic stuff like Jack Johnson. Maybe I'm not angry or depressed enough to relate to metal and country or maybe they were making me angry and depressed. I have reached the conclusion that music should enrich your life and make you feel good and if it doesn't, I don't bother with it. I would enjoy reading any long term studies done about the effects of music on long term behavior. All I can find is stuff about 432 and it is full of conspiracy mumbo jumbo.
      Thanks for your reply rhee. I also find music effects my mood and often not for the better so even though I find it pleasurable is it really a good thing? Then there is also the fact that when I listen to music a lot it negatively effects my attention span and my ability to just be.

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      • #4
        I think it is good to disconnect yourself from consumption. Consumption of things to affect your mood, whatever they may be.
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        • #5
          pleasure is a good thing, i see no problem with pleasure. you must not become a slave to it.

          indulge in the music, it is good for you.

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          • #6
            If it is effects your mood in a bad way then my vote is cut it out.

            And good job for cutting out the other things you mentioned!

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            • #7
              I think 2 hours of polka sets you straight. LOL
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              • #8
                I can't answer your specific question, but just thought I'd add some personal thoughts.

                I personally hardly ever listen to music. It's not a conscious decision, I'm just not particularly bothered about it, apart from a few favourite bands. Also I find that listening to music (pop, rock, chart music etc) distracts me, and also seems to make me anxious/jittery for some reason. I love listening to audio books though. You could try not listening to music for a week or so and see if you feel any different without it, for better or worse.

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                • #9
                  I used to constantly listen to music. Popular stuff, rock, hip-hop, whatever. But I too went through a classical music phase, and I am now a huge fan of it with very specific tastes. After listening to nothing but classical music for months, my tastes have turned to the alternative/acoustic stuff plus a few favorite bands. Most of all, I've learned to really enjoy silence.

                  I find can no longer stand metal, hip-hop, and many other types of "music". I don't know if it's relevant, as far as attention spans go, it depends on the activity. If I'm painting, I like to have music playing. If I'm solving my engineering homework, I have infinitely better focus with absolute silence.

                  I'd say music is a pretty primal thing... ever since humans banged a stick on a rock and sang. But perhaps music should saved for certain occasions when you intentionally want to listen to something, rather than a 24hr. buzz in your ear that blanks out thinking and inner reflection. And why not try different types of music while you're at it. Just because something gives you pleasure or releases dopamine doesn't make it bad... after all, you feel good after eating a nice big steak, no?
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