Highlights

  • A new study looked at how people used music to cope with Covid-19 stress.
  • Researchers surveyed 5,000 participants during the first Covid-19 lockdown
  • People with an increase in positive emotions were either listening or making music

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A new study suggests that people turned to music to cope with psychological and emotional challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A study published in Psychology of Music suggested that people adjusted their music listening habits as a way of coping with the COVID-19 crisis. The study specifically focused on people’s impressions of how their music listening habits changed (or did not change) during the lockdown period when compared to regular times.

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For the study, the researchers surveyed 5,000 participants from six countries, during the first COVID lockdown from April to May 2020. People from Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, India and the United States answered questions online about their exposure to music during the coronavirus pandemic.

As per the findings, more than half of the respondents listened to music to cope with emotional and social stress. Researchers also found that people who had an increase in positive emotions were either listening or making music to cope with their feelings during the pandemic.

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