Metal fans are happier than anyone else because of course they are

By Death Wish Coffee — / Death Wish Coffee Blog

Study of 154 metalheads found that they turn out to be happier 

Give me a cup of coffee and some heavy metal and I'm in my happy place — and science is backing this one up. We already know that drinking coffee scientifically makes us feel happier, but so does listening to metal music. Match made in heaven? We think so.

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A study found that 80 metalheads were "significantly happier in their youth, and better adjusted currently" than their peers or college students. 

The study, called Three Decades Later: The Life Experiences and Mid-Life Functioning of 1980s Heavy Metal Groupies, Musicians, and Fans, was published in the journal Self and Identity. It was published in 2015, but the findings are still relevant.

It found that “metal enthusiasts did often experience traumatic and risky ‘sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll’ lives, … the metalhead identity also served as a protective factor against negative outcomes.”

It included 377 adults: 154 who had been metal fans, musicians, or groupies in the 1980s, 80 who listened to different music, and 153 college students. The metalheads reported higher levels of youthful happiness and that they were less likely to have any regrets about things they had done in their youth. 

So there you have it: Turn that metal music up all night long. If you get sued, you're doing something right. 

Related: This father-son duo has been to more than 1,200 metal shows


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