Teenagers who listen to heavy-metal music are at greater risk of depression and suicide, according to a new study.
The research, conducted by Dr. Katrina McFerran of The Melbourne University in Australia, took place over the course of five years and studied teens between the ages of 13 and 18 who regularly listened to metal music.
“Most young people listen to a range of music in positive ways — to block out crowds, to lift their mood, or to give them energy when exercising,” McFerran said in an interview.
“But young people at risk of depression are more likely to be listening to music, particularly heavy-metal music, in a negative way.”
Those who listened to the same song or album of heavy-metal music over and over again were at the highest risk of depression, according to McFerran.
“If this behavior continues over a period of time then it might indicate that this young person is suffering from depression or anxiety, and at worst, might suggest suicidal tendencies,” she said.
Study results revealed that rap, rock, and pop music did not have the same negative results as heavy-metal.