NEW RESEARCH: 30 Year Later, 80's Metal Kids Are OK
Do you remember the general concern for the future of all you 80's metal heads???
I, myself don't remember this happening, but that's where the internet comes in!
For those who were not around or maybe too young to remember, the late 80's were a tough time for music lovers south of the border.
The wife of then- Senator Al Gore, Tipper Gore organized a group with a few other Washington wives - The Parents Music Resource Center. Their sole mission was to call out all music they believed to be 'dirty, filthy, corrupting, dangerous, and obscene.'
They also held hearing where Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Frank Zappa and John Denver were actually called in to testify in defense of heavy metal, and also artists to the tune of Prince, Cyndy Lauper, and Madonna.
So, research done in the 1980's suggested that young 'metalheads' were at risk for poor developmental outcomes.
A group of researchers from Humboldt State, Ohio State, UC Riverside and UT Austin decided to find out if some of these 80's sinners...were ok.
To get a good look at the long-term damage done by that music back then they found 377 participants in their mid-to-late 40's to actually find out how much the music screwed them up.
What did they find out?
Shocker. THEY'RE ALL FINE.
Apparently, heavy metal fans were more inclined to take 'greater risks' with their lives as kids, but as adults they turned out juuuuuuust fine.
Also of note, as group they are "significantly happier in their lives and better adjusted currently than either middle-aged or current college-aged youth comparison groups."
Ok. Continue on.
Listen to whatever the hell you want, you'll turn our just fine!