The survey consisted of twelve students (three from each class of freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors), with a 50% male-female ratio.
The first question that the students were asked was, “How often do you listen to music?” Half of the students stated that they simply would have a hard time living without it. None of the students in this first question stated that they did not like music, but there were two out of the twelve that stated they may listen while cleaning their room.
This may draw a conclusion to why this is--and why music is almost always seen as a necessity among teens. People may listen to music while cleaning their room, singing in the shower, riding in the car, or just to slow dancing with a loved one.
But music is not only used for tasks, music can create a mood depending on what a person is listening to. When teenagers go through a variety of moods, they may listen to a variety of music. When they feel sad, they may listen to sad songs, or when they’re energetic they’ll listen to something upbeat. This is most likely the reason why the high school survey responders had a hard time picking their favorite genre.
The second question for the students focused on what their favorite type of genre is. Most of the students when taking this survey had to think twice as long to answer this question compared to the rest of the survey.
Forced to pick one favorite genre, 25% chose pop, followed by a tie with 2 students each saying they they liked rap or rock. There was also an interest in dubstep, indie, country, and hip-hop.
Getting to the question that the survey was all about, the students were told to reflect on why they listen to music. Nearly all of the students (91%) claimed that they listen to music because it is relaxing and they simply enjoy listening to it. A large number of students also said that music helps them get through hard times and that they may listen to it just because they were bored.
Based on the statistics, music helps students when they need it the most. Some students went out of the way in the survey to even say that music offers an escape for some who just need a break from the world.
In the high school survey, the students provided evidence on their thoughts about what they think about music. Results show that just about everyone in the survey uses music to help them, whether to get through tasks, connect with other people, get an escape from a noisy household, or just for what music does best--pass time.
Now that music has evolved, people are able to express themselves differently with listening and singing to love songs, pop, instrumental, international, country, and thousands of other genres that have allowed people to branch out and rock to.