Music is a wonderful thing.
A few reverberations in the air here and there, a few minute vibrations coming out from a pluck of a few strings, and a few rhythmic beats come in tandem to create a harmonious melody that can be enjoyed by one and all.
Although no one can be too sure when exactly the human race began to listen to music, scientists do know why we do — listening to music benefits us both as individuals and as a collective!
Music Connects Everyone
Particularly, researchers are of the opinion that one of the most important functions of music is to create a feeling of connectedness in communities and amongst fans.
And evolutionary scientists say that human beings may have developed this dependence on music as a communication tool as we’re descended from a tree-dwelling species who communicated with one another across canopy via specific noises.
The fact of the matter is that music today still remains a powerful way of uniting people:
- National anthems connect crowds during events
- Songs evoke a sense of shared purpose during protests
- Musical hymns build a sense of belonging and group identity in houses of worship
- Love songs help partners bond during courtship
- Lullabies help parents form bonds with their infants