Are Modern Lyrics Too Explicit for Younger Audiences?
As of today a large percentage of kids have access to mobile devices. Mobile devices along with Today's music have drastically changed how societies taste. From love songs to basically trash talking, love making, drug use, use of foul language and violence portrayed in immense amounts of music genres. Songs that someone has written based on their fantasies, desires and emotion to the extent that the song had to be expressed with bad words. Trends setters that often come from social media platforms that kids have access to where they come across music and many other kinds of entertainment. Are lyrics like this appropriate for kids who have access to the internet?
What do kids listen to these days?
Amongst the vast amount of music genres hip-hop, pop, r&b came out to be one of kids favourite genres or rather genres with the most listeners. Top charting song mainly driven by the trends run by many different influencers that spread as fast as fire and those who come from movies. Appropriate or not these songs are not new to the industry these songs have been producing since the late 1960’s but are just blooming all over social media as music is easily accessible in any media platform. Songs like WAP and Up by Cardi B, position and 34+35 by Ariana Grande which are all over social media to songs like I’m a Slave 4 U by Britney Spears, Beautiful from Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell and Charlie Wilson, Cake By the Ocean by DNCE, Fergalicious by Fergie songs that I enjoyed listening and dancing to when I was a kid and songs.
Big part of the reason why kids listen to these is because it is all over social media like your local radio, TikTok, Youtube and many other platforms where the songs are popularised through dancing and different challenges made with the songs. Songs booming this big starts to become a trend where you start to force yourself and listen to it without wanting to listen to it for what reason simply because you want to seem to know like you know and listen to the song, factors that comes in with fear by adapting its a way to avoid the teasing and rejection. Music nowadays is not based on what kids actually want to listen to but more on what their peers are listening to, a study states where 10% of kids change their opinion on songs after they found out that the song is a hit.
Music is Music, it eases us from stress and cheers us up the fact that we can’t take that away from listening to music. Youth these days use music in many different ways: for relieving tension or boredom, a creative outlet, control of emotion, form of identity and entertainment. Impact on kids differs on how they get affected emotionally and physically, other kids don't naturally understand the song they are listening to 1 out of 5 of male youth and 1 out of 4 of female youth have said that they value lyrics, however a study has also stated that younger audiences typically don't understand the message the music is trying to give. Although there is not much difference between a person who has and has not listened it depends on how they interpret the song and how they apply it in their life, kids that have listened to music with vulgar lyrics tend to curse or swear more than those who don't.
Some of these songs honestly soothes me because I think that the explicitness of songs have levels in them, so I think there are torrelable songs that you can listen to and not.
It just depends on the listeners taste and their personality, i think there's no right and wrong with the music you listen to. There are many singers and music genres in the industry that it would be hard to avoid listening to explicit songs.