The Dangers of Using Music to Drown Out Your Life


Anthony Airdo

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Anthony Airdo, Columnist

Music is a huge part of everyone’s life. We all love our music to death, and it helps us define who we are, but too much of a good thing can become a bad thing. Can music really take away from life experiences? I believe it can, and it can stop us from enjoying the things around us. Life is about living it. Distractors are fine for those moments when there’s nothing to do, but don’t shield yourself from exciting experiences.

Riding in the car with friends is fun, and I do it every day. My favorite part about it is our silly discussions about things that have no real meaning. I love it. But sometimes we’ll turn up the music so loud that there is no conversation. I’m all for car ride sing-alongs, but it’s important to at least get some conversation out first. I really want to talk about my day sometimes, and I’m sure they do too. This situation can happen at school too. My friends might be having a really interesting, productive conversation, but I can’t hear it because I’m consumed by the addictive venom of Nine Inch Nails.

Music is really great. I don’t know where the human race would be if we hadn’t discovered music, but I can assure you that it would be a much worse reality. We can’t let life pass us by. Music is great for your personal downtime, or for when you do homework, but when you’re out with friends, pull out those earbuds. You’ll be better off, and you’ll make more memories that way.