Why do teenagers listen to music anywhere, anytime? Many teenagers nowadays use earphones/headphones and listen to music wherever they go. Why do they do so?

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I think that earlier answers suggesting that the teen-age years are particularly years associate with emotion and discovery (including self-discovery) are probably correct.  Tastes established in the teen years tend to last quite a long time, and eventually the music one loves then often becomes the focus of great nostalgia.

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I know that some students and adults listen to music with earphones on as way to subtly signal to everyone around them that they are doing their own thing and don't want to deal with you. They don't want to be drawn into a conversation. They don't want to answer your question. They don't want you in their space. Sometimes the aren't even, actually, listening to anything (but most of the time they are, for entertainment's sake.)

 

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I wonder if the most likely answer is simply that music is a really, really great thing and as soon as a person is in the position to search out music on his/her own and listen to it alone, the person will do it...and love it.

Music offers quite large number of benefits - all the benefits of art: expression of complex emotions, an opporunity for the viewer/listener to deepen his own sense of self, of the beauty of the world, and so much more. Music moves us, often literally. Music inspires us. It's no surprise that people who suddenly discover the ability to listen to copious amounts of music will do it.

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It's not just teenagers that listen to music everywhere they go. Music is very soothing, therapeutic, and evokes powerful emotions in people of all ages. It's a great way to pass the time and focus on something else besides your everyday surroundings.

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Now wait a minute. This is one subject that I don't think changes much through the ages. I am a music lover, and I constantly played the great rock music of the late 1960s and early 1970s when I was growing up. I left an FM radio station on all night as I slept and woke up to music in the morning. I spent most of my money on 45s, LPs and 8-tracks ($1 used at the local pawn shop). Technology was not as sophisticated then, but I used what I could: 8-track player in the car, early cassette portable boombox (before the term boombox was born), and transistor radio with an earphone while walking or biking. I only wish the tiny digital devices of today were available then, because I would have used them constantly.

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Teens have always done this.  Well, they have done it as long as it's been possible.  We used to have Walkmans and even carry around huge "portable" cassette players and radios.  Music is simply fun and enjoyable to listen to and so it is not surprising that teens do this.  Finally, you should note that many people who are not teens do this as well.

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I think that music is a form of both self-discovery and self-expression. Teenagers of every generation have found the appeal in the emotional impact that music has on a person. Modern technology also makes it possible to carry music with us seamlessly. It is a natural fit!
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