A Study Of Music Lyrics Reveals Our Increasing Vanity

A Study Of Music Lyrics Reveals Our Increasing Vanity

Music has always been a cultural arbiter, and is now also the basis for a psychological study indicating where our focus and values are evolving.

Paloma M. Vazquez
  • 26 april 2011

The New York Times turned us onto a recent psychological study that tracked three decades (1980 – 2007) of genre-controlled hit songs to reveal ‘a statistically significant trend toward narcissism and hostility in popular music.’ The study – conducted by Dr. Nathan DeWall and a team at the University of Kentucky – validated what its commissioners hypothesized, including the below findings:

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