Going to gigs makes you happier, new study finds

Communal music engagement found to help subjective wellbeing

A new study has found that attending concerts regularly is likely to make you feel happier about your life overall.

The study, conducted by researchers at Victoria’s Deakin University, is titled ‘If you’re happy and you know it: Music engagement and subjective wellbeing’. It saw 1,000 people surveyed, finding that “engaging with music by dancing or attending musical events was associated with higher [subjective wellbeing] than for those who did not engage with music in these forms”.

The report continues: “The findings also emphasised the important role of engaging with music in the company of others with regard to [subjective wellbeing], highlighting an interpersonal feature of music.”

“The insight gained from these findings can be used to inform future interventions and to better understand how music is involved in emotional regulation.”

Read the full study here, via Consequence Of Sound.

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Meanwhile, another recent study found that most vinyl buyers are middle-aged introverts.

The study by YouGov looked into the demographics of vinyl buyers in 2016. YouGov’s research cited that the majority of vinyl buyers are aged between 45 and 54, with 18 to 24-year-olds least likely to buy their albums on wax. However, a US study last year claimed under-25’s to be the biggest buyers.