Giving up Music for Lent

For Lent this year I’m going to try and give up music. Everyday, many of us listen to vast amounts of music and it has become part of our daily routine. One study showed that compared with only five years ago, youngsters spend 47 more minutes a day listening to music and other audio. Incidental music is also everywhere; turn on the TV, go to the restaurant, or watch a soccer game and you’ll hear music. What effect does this widespread consumption of music have on us?

There is an urban myth that listening to music makes you more intelligent, but I’m not anticipating getting any dumber during Lent. While there are CDs of music that are meant to help increase IQ, the scientific evidence is that they do nothing for long term intelligence. Studies into the so-called Mozart Effect have shown that listening to music can boost an ability to do a specific type of spatial reasoning, a sort of reverse mental origami, but any increase in ability is lost after 15 minutes.

As an amateur musician, I expect the biggest deprivation from this study will be the fact I can’t play my saxophone. Many scientific studies have demonstrated —> Read More Here


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