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Study: Teens who listen to music are more depressed

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Angela Chase My So Called Life

Finally, an excuse for overbearing parents everywhere to confiscate their kids' music collections (if that's even still possible in this day and age): a new study indicates that teenagers who spend more time listening to music are at a way higher risk of depression than their less artsy counterparts. Not only that, but it turns out that reading books — yes, actual books! — has the opposite effect and is correlated with improved mental health. From the findings:

"[T]eens who reported listening to music more often — rather than using other types of media like TV and books — were at higher risk of having major depressive disorder (MDD), compared with teens who listened to music less frequently.

[R]esearchers found that reading books had the opposite association: with each level increase in time spent reading, teens' risk of depression dropped 50%."

Interesting enough, but personally I cry foul until we find out just what the teenagers in question are reading and listening to. And why is music more linked to depression than TV? Are hours spent, say, watching reruns of Intervention and reading The Bell Jar really better for a person than Elliott Smith? Science, I await your answers.