Pushing the boundaries for artistic expression has always been a part of popular music. However, the drive for profits may also be pushing the envelope of what is acceptable. In this section we examine some of the issues in today’s music.
So what is really wrong with teens constantly exposed to music videos?
Researchers are now turning their attention towards the study on the capability of a music video in promoting aggression and sexuality among teens and young adults. The main inquiry is whether it can really build a type of ambiance wherein sexual promiscuity and activity becomes a lot more acceptable in reality.
When we talk about music lyrics feeding words that promote sexualization among the youth, it is nothing compared to the potential effect from a music video. In music videos, not only does one hear explicit lyrics, there’s also the portrayal of images and motion pictures with a sexual theme in it. Most of the time, hip hop and R&B videos contain the most graphic and explicit showing of girls or women depicted as mere sex objects by men. Just by reading the kind of message brought by the lyrics and coupled with the expression of nudity and sensual movements in the video, one does not need a scientist to identify the gross encouragement of sexuality.
The most affected group is children and teens. Although they see these music videos as some sort of entertainment, most of them do not realize how immoral and distressing the contents are.
The parent can ask the child or teen on how he feels about the stuff he sees and hears in music videos. Identify how much time is the child or teen spending in watching them.
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