After a hard day, it's easy to take refuge in your favorite musical artist. But for teens, frequent music listening might be tied to a more serious case of the blues, according to new research.
In a study featured in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, researchers found an association between major depressive disorder, also known as clinical depression, and increased music listening among 106 preteens and teens.
To map media use among the group, the research team used one-way cell phones to call subjects at various times during weekends. Of the group, 46 teens had already been diagnosed with depression and were receiving treatment.
By answering questions over the phone, teens reported in real time whether they were using the Internet, watching TV or movies, listening to music, playing video games, or reading print material such as a magazine or book.
After gathering data on each teen's activities for five weeks, the researchers found a relationship between music listening and depression - individuals with depression were more likely to be immersed in music over other forms of media .