Has anyone here given up music?

Discussion in 'Internet Addiction' started by PersistAboveAll, Nov 23, 2013.

  1. Hello Brothers and Sisters,
    I'm thinking of giving up music as I feel it's a dopamine receptor destroyer, The only time I would listen to it is in the gym but I could use that time to listen to podcasts about science and medicine or listen to audible books or Myself recording important facts from my textbook so they would go in better. What do you guys think? Music, Yes or No?
     
  2. boston

    boston New Member

    I think giving up music is probably going too far. Did you know humans had music before we had language?

    Now being conscious of what music you listen to, due to its ability to influence mood, is another issue. Do you listen to rap where they preach about how great their life is because of owning some car or shoes, or worse yet, the kind where they preach a Machiavellian necessity to get ahead at any cost? This can be a negative influence in your life. Do you listen to screaming metal about eating unborn babies? Hopefully the negativity is obvious there. A great deal of rock can actually be depressing, despite the quality of writing and musicianship.

    I wish someone had warned me about being conscious of the music I listened to when I was younger, I think it sets the stage for depression and angst.

    Try switching over to instrumental music... electronic music, classical, jazz, whatever. I'm a fan of the Jesse Cook and Rodrigo y Gabriela stations on Pandora (esp. for when guests are over), as well as trance (good for writing papers because it can be fast-paced).
     
  3. flamingwind

    flamingwind Guest

    Maybe you shoulg just find another type of music to listen to. I used to be heavily into commercial hip hop and I spent years listening to the bs garbage those rappers were spitting. I got fed up so I gave up commercial hip-hop to listen more to trance and chillout. I'm also looking for some underground hip hop too
     
  4. Zane

    Zane Member

    Well I have given up Music.
     
  5. monte_cristo

    monte_cristo Guest

    Well, I'm starting to agree that I should give up music for a while. For me it's a gateway into an overactive imagination and bizarre fantasies. I can spend 2-3 hours in a dark room just listening to music on my ipod. I don't think giving up music is something to recommend for most people, I just think my brain is screwed up.

    I also agree it's natural to enjoy music, but in the past you had to play it yourself, or go out to where you would hear musicians you liked. Digital media players are a new thing.
     
  6. Fiddler

    Fiddler Active Member

    I don't see any reason to give up music. Considering it's the only form of entertainment that you can still enjoy while doing more productive things and that is something the we humans have done since ever (our ancestors used bones to "make some music", thousands of years ago), I don't see why giving up it would be beneficial.

    That said, I did discover myself listening to less music this year. Like I am more easily bored by it. I now listen to it nearly exclusively when working out, thus for 3-4 hours a week. Rarely when at the pc or studying.
     
  7. geddonjones

    geddonjones Machete don't text.

    If anything I'd rather be addicted to music than PMOing. Music is my meditation.
     
  8. Music is proven to be very therapeutic and can help you feel better. However, today's popular music on the radio and MTV is so obviously sexually explicit that it would be wise to refrain from listening to it. I have begun listening to some CDs that I have from old artists, because they help me get through the day and they are not obviously sexual in nature. One of my favorites is Sam Cooke among many others.
     
  9. sukkee

    sukkee I dont want to rot in Hell!

    I have give it up. Thank God.

    Im now turn into nature sound, bird chirping, ocean, rain, jungle, nighttime. it is so soothing.

    I agree that music today are very sexually explicit, very suggestive. yet i too refrain from those implicit kind of love and romance music as well, because it is also suggestive, and lowering my emotion into a lower state and reduced the supposed focus and priority at specific time and place.
     
  10. Eternity

    Eternity Patience

    No way. Music is my life. If it's taken from me, there would be nothing left to live for, and I'd gladly leave this world.
     
  11. JG55

    JG55 Member

    Sexually explicit rap and hip hop aside, listening to music can be a positive dopamine release. When we're rebooting and cutting out porn we need to replace the release we got from it (porn) with other activities. Listening to music is naturally a great choice for that.

    This thread is either a level or a misuse of "reboot science".
     
  12. nuclpow

    nuclpow Well-Known Member

    Yes and no. I have found that if I go and listen to music I don't feel better and I feel worse over the long run. For example, if I go and turn on a music video TV channel or the digital radio stations or turn on the radio, I don't really feel better and I think I'm really procrastinating from my attempt to reboot.

    But, I have found that if I listen to the radio as a reward (conditionally) for being good all morning and all lunch hour it is really nice to me and probably contributes to proper dopamine receptors.

    For you I would say do both, listen to textbooks and things like that on your podcast and listen to the radio or maybe even one or two Youtube videos for music videos per day (you don't have to look at the video). Music is normally good for you and can be a reward for going through a hard day. It's hard to tell if you're supposed to be rewarding yourself though.

    I don't think it destroys dopamine receptors either way, it just might slow down your daily reboot attempt if you are procrastinating instead of doing what you ought to.
     
  13. ppycat

    ppycat Guest

    I think you guys need to stop exaggerating on this dopamine thing. The purpose of a reboot is not to give up all pleasures in life and build a "buffer", that's big non-sense! There are no normal pleasures that can alter your dopamine in a negative way, and if they do you good, why not enjoy them?

    Just because porn is audio/visual, it doesn't mean you shouldn't watch movies or listen to music anymore. If you wanna improve your life by not wasting time watching crap on tv, that's fine, but those are normal improvements every person does, not only porn addicts and have absolutely nothing to do with dopamine and alterations in your brain.

    What's next, living in a dark room because you think enjoying the sun might lower your dopamine receptors??? Jeez... ???
     
  14. PhoenixRebirth

    PhoenixRebirth #GODMODE

    Taking it to the extreme.. Enjoy life
     
  15. jimbo_straya

    jimbo_straya New Member

    Nah man - music is life!!!
     
  16. stretcher

    stretcher New Member

    Tried to give it up for Lent once. Went nuts. It was impossible, btw, you'll start noticing all the places they play it that you weren't even aware of before.
     
  17. michael_freeman

    michael_freeman New Member

    I think listening to audio books and learning facts you recorded from text books would be a positive. But giving up all music is verrry extreme and I think necessary. Maybe you could look to replace some of the time you spend listening to music with more educational recordings and still listen to music sometimes. Personally, I could not and would not ever do it, music only improves my life, my friends joke that I must have a 'soundtrack to my life' and I am proud of the fact. There is nothing that unites the human race more than the love of music, it crosses borders, cultures, races and millenniums, how can something which unites us in our humanity, teaches us, depicts our times of love, of struggle, our human challenges, something which gives us such an emotional response even without words, something which you do not only here but feel in your bones and your heart, how can this be a bad thing. There is a lot of benefit in understanding the brain but it is easy to think we have a full grasp of this complex organ. Yes music releases dopamine, but it does not dopamine does not drive you to listen to music. Here are some reliable sources which include scientific studies into music psychology, I think you should check them out before removing something from your life that could potentially be doing you a lot of good :)

    http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-musical-self/201101/why-music-listening-makes-us-feel-good

    http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-therapist-is-in/200807/music-soothes-the-soul

    http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/healthy-living/wellbeing/health-benefits-of-music.htm

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3249389/
     
  18. LTE

    LTE Master Of My Domain

    Music is great, but not all music is the same. There are plenty of degrading, unrealistic and harsh pieces of music out there and I avoid those like the plague. On the flip side, there are some wonderful tunes still being cerated.
     
  19. Big Lebowski

    Big Lebowski Member

    Definitely what LTE just said. As a young'un I can speak for my generation of music and as LTE said there is a lot of crap stuff out there, mind you as he said there is still some hope and are some great songs that are produced. I was definitely born in the wrong era myself however...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlJ1Yvjb198
     
  20. nomorefapalexander

    nomorefapalexander New Member

    3 months ago when I moved in London to study in college, I was listening to the same music videos by Britney Spears and Lady Gaga. Basically replaying 3 or 4 music videos over and over for the duration of an hour. I don't know why I was doing it, but I felt my mind switching off and was doing it out of boredom. I would say definitely that modern pop music can be easy to absorb even if you are dumb and they are quite repetitive. I can see patterns in a new song I don't see the benefit of listening it much. It cannot be compared to listening classical music or reading good books for example which are so rich.
     

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