Brain imaging shows our favorite songs trigger the brain’s pleasure points, and a significant amount of those internal drugs that we all love, serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin, are released. The more we like a song, the more these neurochemicals are released.
When I was a teen I felt a far deeper connection to the music I listened to. I’ve already touched on this briefly but recently a blog post popped up on my feedly reader which seemed to directly talk to me. It helped me understand part of this connection (albeit on a scientific level) and, further, gave me an idea of why at the age of 30 the intensity of this ‘pleasure’ is far, far less than it was in my teens.
This happens with everyone, but it happens more intensely if you’re young. People between the ages of 12 and 22 get a giant dose because of the stage in their hormonal development that they’re in.
So there you have it. I’m an old fart and music is a drug for the youth.