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How Much Music is Too Much Music?

Music is a favorite pastime of people around the world. Regardless of your age or ethnicity, there is some music that everyone loves and enjoys. Having a rough day? Feeling down? Or want to dance the night away? Music is there for you; it’s always got your back? However, is there something known as music addiction? How much music is too much music? Is there such a thing?

Experts agree that listening to music continuously for 60 minutes, on 60 percent of the maximum volume can be damaging for your ears. As long as you avoid doing that, you are good to go. Below this threshold, listening to music is in fact extremely beneficial. It helps reduce high levels of anxiety, helping you get off the edge. Once you plug in your earphones, and take a short walk, you will instantly feel better! More relaxed and more focused, ready to get your tasks done!

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However, if you excessively rely on music to regulate your emotions, it may be a problem. One should not be dependent on music exclusively to tone down your anxiety and stress. To an extent, music is a great tool- mental health professionals, too, tend to recommend listening to music to lower anxiety and stress levels. However, you should have coping strategies, exclusive to music, to help you cope with unsettling emotions.

For many, music is an element that helps increase focus. Playing music while studying or working or carrying out a chore, helps many do it more effectively and efficiently. At times, getting lost or carried away with music is also normal. However, if this becomes a consistent issue, and it prevents you from carrying out important tasks, then it may be categorized as music addiction. This does not mean music is bad, it simply means that you need to listen to music more responsibly!