NEW SCIENTIFIC STUDY REVEALS THE
‘RECOMMENDED DAILY ALLOWANCE’ FOR MUSIC
should listen to music for at least 78 minutes a day, according to a scientific
study commissioned by Deezer
- A ‘balanced
diet’ of music includes a mix of uplifting, relaxing, sad, motivating and anger
- Benefits of
different music styles take on average 11 minutes to kick in – but it takes
just five minutes to feel happier
study of over 7,500 people commissioned by Deezer analyzed how different music
styles affect our mental and physical well-being
November 6th, 2019: Our bodies need a balanced diet of nutrients to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Now a new scientific study has found the ‘Recommended Daily Allowance’ for music. Global music streaming service Deezer commissioned scientists at the British Academy of Sound Therapy to find the dose of music needed by a healthy body and mind. This data has been used to create the musical “RDA”.
The global study of over 7,500 people, looked at the relationship between music and our mental and physical well-being – by studying various factors including styles, mood and genre. The experiment concluded that, whatever your preferred choice of music, in order to feel the emotional benefits of different music styles you need to listen, on average to:
minutes of uplifting music (user’s choice) to feel happy (18% of your musical
minutes of calming music (user’s choice) to feel relaxed (20.5% of your music
- 16 minutes
of music (user’s choice) to overcome sadness (20.5% of your music RDA)
- 15 minutes
of motivating music (user’s choice) to aid concentration (19% of your music RDA)
- 17 minutes
of music (user’s choice) to help manage anger (22% of your music RDA)
study analyzed how people use music to process emotions. Relaxation was the
most common emotional benefit (90%), followed by happiness (82%) as well as
overcoming sadness (47%). A further third (32%) of participants used music to
help them concentrate, while over a quarter (28%) deal with anger through their
Frederic Antelme, VP Content and Productions
at Deezer said: “Music
influences our lives and at Deezer we try to understand and embrace the
relationship that people have with their favorite tunes. Now we’ve been able to
go even deeper into that relationship and see how people use music to manage
different mental states. It’s a fascinating study. The results offer an idea
for how music can be used to manage our emotional and mental health on a daily
basis, especially when you have a wide library at your fingertips”
study found that on average, people should listen to music for 11 minutes to enjoy
its therapeutic benefits. The only exception was happiness – participants
reported feeling happier within just five minutes of listening to joyful tunes.
Participants also reported feeling more satisfied with life (86%), having more
energy (89%) and laughing more (65%) after listening to ‘feel-good’ songs.
of the British Academy of Sound Therapy (BAST) says “There
are certain properties of music that affect the mind and body. Dedicating time
each day to listen to music that triggers different emotions can have a hugely
beneficial impact on our well-being. Listening to happy songs increases blood
flow to areas of the brain associated with reward, and decreases flow to the
amygdala, the part of the brain associated with fear.”
best musical genres to achieve maximum therapeutic benefits were also revealed.
Pop music was highlighted as the most effective in inducing happiness (25%),
with ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams revealed as the most popular song to listen
to. Classical music created a state of relaxation (28%), with respondents
saying Beethoven’s ‘Fifth Symphony’ is the best song choice for a calm state of
mind. Interestingly, rock was also effective in bringing calm to participants,
with 18% feeling relaxed after 16 minutes of listening to Rock music.
reported feeling peaceful and contented (92%), having reduced muscle tension
(79%) and sleeping better (82%) when listening to relaxing songs. According to
experts from BAST, a slow tempo is the driving factor in aiding relaxation, due
to how we process sound in the brain through the entrainment principle³. The
rhythm and patterns in music influence patterns within the biological system,
regulating brainwaves, heart rate and neurochemistry.
third of respondents (28%) reported that Rock music helps in processing
feelings of anger, with ‘Highway to
Hell’ by ACDC revealed as the top song choice to listen to. However, this was
followed closely by classical music (17%), with Bob Marley’s ‘One Love’ also
making the list of top ten songs to combat anger.
study showed that while a third (31%) of us prefer music with a fast tempo when
feeling angry, another third favour slow-tempo tunes. This difference comes
down to our genetic make-up. Rousing music can increase heart rate, blood
pressure and emotional response, which for some listeners can help them make
process their angry emotions. However, for others, it can be a barrier to
reported that listening to music to process anger helped the issue melt away
(81%), feel less likely to get angry at new things that arise (88%) and feel
more able to deal with life’s challenges (92%).
team of music editors have created five bespoke playlists based on the results
in order to help users get their musical RDA. The playlists feature the
recommended breakdown of different music styles and genres, and is available to
download on the Deezer’s ‘Your Daily Music Dose’ Channel Deezer here.
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it’s the only place to hear all your music back-to-back with fresh discoveries
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