That's not to say that 117-year-old Nabi Tajima and 117-year-old Ida Troupe—the oldest currently living humans—spent their twilight years following Phish on tour. But the research is fairly encouraging for live music fans. Patrick Fagan, an expert in behavioral science and lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London, claims that "regularly experiencing live music is the key to building a long-standing improvement to wellbeing."
The scientific study was commissioned by the O2—the massive music and entertainment venue—which should caution a bit of skepticism, considering the company's press release is using the research to sell concert tickets.
But if you're going to buy tickets anyway and want to justify it to your friends and family, here are some talking points to use.
The study claims that attending a concert for just 20 minutes "increased participants feelings of wellbeing by 21%—with key markers across the happiness spectrum showing increases, including feelings of self-worth (+25%) and closeness to others (+25%) whilst mental stimulation climbed by an impressive 75%."
Music fans who attend concerts once every two weeks or more "were the most likely to score their happiness, contentment, productivity and self-esteem at the highest level (10/10)."
What does that have to do with living a long life? Seeing Oasis won't make you "Live Forever" (sorry), but there is a scientific link between well being and lifespan, not to mention various studies demonstrating that overall happiness is linked to a longer life.
But the O2 press release undermines its own authority with dubious language like "fortnightly gig attendance could extend life expectancy by NINE years."
Advice: Go to concerts because it makes you happy (and happiness is known to encourage good health), not because it'll add nine years to your life.
And if you want to live to an advanced age and maintain your hearing ability, that's for another study.
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