The relationship between listening to music and feelings of anxiety and happiness in young adults
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BA (Hons) in Social Science
Dublin Business School
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The present research study aimed to examine a relationship between listening to music and feelings of anxiety and happiness in young adults. The study consisted of 119 participants, 67 females and 52 males aged between 18 to 40 years of age. A correlational analysis was used in the study. The participants where gathered by distributing questionnaires using social media network Facebook. A total of 3 hypotheses were outlined in the study. The results found a significant gender difference in terms of the hypothesis. Hypothesis 1 was accepted for females and rejected for males. Hypothesis 2 was rejected for females and accepted for males. Hypothesis 3 was divided into 3 subsections, anxious feelings rejected hypothesis 3 for both males and females, anxious thoughts rejected hypothesis 3 for both males and females and physical symptoms of anxiety accepted hypothesis 3 for females and rejected hypothesis 3 for males. Therefore physical symptoms of anxiety decreased for females when they increased their frequency of listening to music. Further research is needed into this area as there were limitations to this study including an unequal distribution of males and females for the survey. Author keywords: music, anxiety, happiness, young adults, music therapy