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Why is Music Addictive??

SHE is appealing and bewitching. She can make you go on knees. Everyone craves for her presence. She is rather an addiction. And SHE is MUSIC!!!

Anxiety, insomnia, indigestion, high blood pressure etc… Could be the risks of drugs. But music, when consumed as a drug, can cure all these side-effects. In fact music is known to reduce pain.

Alcohol, tranquillizers, heroin, cocaine, sex, food, music….

Why did music get categorized into addiction? Why is it virtually impossible to watch a movie without a sound track?

Listening music with headphones is pleasurable
Listening music with headphones is pleasurable

A musicaholic person said life seemed to be hollow and rhythm less without music. He said when we get deep into songs, it starts shaping us, and our thought patterns get tuned.

DOPAMINE, a chemical involved in motivation and addiction, is the reason behind this. When we listen to music, it is analyzed by different areas of the brain. This neurotransmitter makes us seek things that comfort us. Thus dopamine is adultery. Dopamine is love. Dopamine is attention. Well, this blabbering of mine might be because of my dopamine being busy!

Psychologists exclaim that “your journey is safe when your driver listens to music”. It might sound unfamiliar, but it is the dopamine release, which makes them stay fresh and alert. Also, cyclists, gym rats, customers in malls tend to be active and happier when they hear the music. This tendency is used for “successful business” by entrepreneurs.

To be more scientific, the cerebellum has its network with amygdalae, the center for emotion that receives and processes the impulses. The mesolimbic system indulges in the transmission of “pleasure-seeking” dopamine.

Music is beyond words, its universal
Music is beyond words, its universal

Interestingly, the processing of rhythm happens in right or bilateral areas of the brain while the tempo is conceived by the premotor area of the brain. This triggering of premotor area activates cortico-spinal excitability, which facilitates the urge to dance. Even a year old baby can tap its feet and move to the tunes, because of this stimulation.

Now, such an obsessed drug comes well packed in cassettes, CD’s, mp3-players etc. The enslavement level reaches a point where we become a puppet, and the strings are handled by MUSIC.Drugs and addiction are dangerous, depending on the consumption. In my opinion, ADDICTION is a strong word for a subtle person like music. Yes, music has the power to make you escape from the real world but we cannot deny the fact that it overcomes all cultural, ethnic and linguistic boundaries. It is the feeling of emotions and exchange of ideas among souls without any scripts.

I personally feel no shame being a slave to music unless it de-motivates me.

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