It also is easily available through the radio, various recordings, the Internet, and new technologies, allowing adolescents to hear it in diverse settings and situations, alone or shared with friends.
Adolescents are not the only young consumers of popular music.
Music provides entertainment and distraction from problems and serves as a way to relieve tension and boredom.
As with popular music, the perception and the effect of music-video messages are important, because research has reported that exposure to violence, sexual messages, sexual stereotypes, and use of substances of abuse in music videos might produce significant changes in behaviors and attitudes of young viewers.
These data support the idea that the prevalence of music-listening in adolescents may be even higher than that of television viewing.
The reason for this is that popular music is present almost everywhere, from the supermarket to the mall, often as background music.
Forty-two percent of the songs on these CDs contained very explicit sexual content.
Lyrics of some music genres, such as rock, heavy metal, rap, and new emerging genres such as reggaeton, have been found to revolve around topics such as sexual promiscuity, death, homicide, suicide, and substance abuse.