The Impact of Rock Music on Indian Young Adults: A Qualitative Study on Emotions and Moods
Music has proven to play a vital role in social and emotional development in teenagers and young
adults. From contemplation, developing self-identity, understanding interpersonal relationships, and
providing possibilities of experience mastery, agency, and self-control with the help of self-directed
activities, music helps its audience develop in all aspects of life. In specific, Rock music, since its
existence has been more than entertainment, artists expressed themselves and shared their opinions
through their musical pieces. Infamous for promoting drugs and alcohol, Rock Music used its
platform to enlighten the audience about taboo topics like racism, inequality, and other social issues.
This research paper uses a qualitative methodology approach to understand Rock Music listeners’
points of view. Data was collected through ‘in-depth interviews’ of 15 participants hailing from
different parts of the country. Rock Music has several positive effects on the listeners. Rock can
elevate moods, induce emotions, helps the listeners be more productive and creative with their
everyday work, and constantly motivate them to do better in every aspect of life. Rock provides a
platform to express feelings and vent out all the angst, especially for those who otherwise do not
voice their opinions because of their nature in general. Rock Music has been able to shape
personalities, characteristics, and thought processes. Moreover, majorly, Rock Music helps people
with anger management.
Author's Name: Manaswini Tripathy and Mithunchandra Chaudhari
Volume: Volume 11
Issues: Volume 11
Keywords: Music, Moods, Emotions, Positive Effects, Rock, Mood-Booster, Motivation, Anger-Management.