[QUOTE=“anthymn, post: 229, member: 20”]Okay, I have to be honest: Since seeing this thread, I’ve been questioning music much more.
At first I thought the accusation of music being engineered to be more addictive sounds tinfoil-y, but after thinking about it, it kind of makes sense. So much about sounds and the interaction with the brain that we know through science by now, it does sound plausible that music is at least using those findings to cause a particularly immersive or satisfying experience leaving you wanting more.
Since you made me question that, I’ve also noticed that 99% of people around me in buses and trains wear headphones, and observing that made me question if it’s the internet’s constant stimulation that caused this or if music is really getting kind of addictive. You know, of course public transport isn’t nice, and I think it wasn’t ever super interesting so people have always done other things on it (like reading newspapers and books); but I do think when our brains are constantly bombarded by things online and offline via advertisements etc, it can feel even more unsatisfying to ride a bus or train in silence with nothing to do and the brain craves stimulation to counter that. Also, Social Media is already very immersive and using all of our senses, so I guess adding music to the mix is really isolating us from the uncomfortable outside world while using the public transport system and other situations where we’d rather not be present. Situations we’d wanna skip. Sometimes rightfully, sometimes because our brains crave stimulation and instant gratification so much that our patience or our appreciation for waiting and pauses ceases.
The way we use social media and/or music really reminds me of dissociation oftentimes. I did struggle with that in the past; this detachment from reality, or feeling like I’m watching a movie instead of living (like taking a backseat), or seeing myself from above, or walking somewhere on autopilot dissociated and not remembering how I got there. I feel like the way we use music and in connection, social media, is really a kind of escapism from uncomfortable experiences. While the brain starts it in more serious stuff, we can now toggle it with our devices so we don’t have to consciously be aware and live through the daily uncomfortable situations like smelling strangers’ sweat next to you on the bus. The problem seems of course to be that it’s taking over a lot of our daily time, not just uncomfortable situations, so that a day doesn’t even feel lived.
But all of that makes me question if music is headed for a much bigger role because it is used in advertisement, YouTube videos, musical.ly, instagram and Snapchat stories, videos shared on Facebook, and seems to be the daily companion to excessive social media use in public to really not be aware of your surroundings anymore, to willingly dissociate.[/QUOTE]
I think it’s somewhat related to processed food in the sense that something natural that made us feel good was pushed to it’s limit by technology. With food, a lot of people don’t know to the extend it’s engineered to make it light up our taste buds and in turn our brain. Most people think of how food companies work in romantic terms like children being asked to taste ice cream and then rate it. Those days are long over. Now children are being placed into fMRI machines and the precise point of taste maximization is discovered in their brain and plotted by engineers so the minimum amount of ingredients (sugar, salt etc.) can be used to achieve that taste point.
Just some proof that this isn’t just my tin foil hat talking haha:
It only seems natural that the same forces the drove these changes would now be applied to music. I also wouldn’t be surprised if the same engineers who worked in the food industry and discovered the “bliss point” for food (point where food tastes best) now discover one for music as well.
Also start to notice how frequently music is played around you. Sports games, bars, coffee shops, dentists offices, everywhere. People can’t really deal with silence anymore.