Updated: Feb 21, 2021
A new study has found that Techno is the “least effective music at reducing anxiety.” The research was done by Vera Clinic, a Turkish-based hair transplant company, who also concluded Techno to be the least "relaxing form of music". But surely anyone who's spent the weekend at Movement or Berghain might disagree.
The 1540 volunteers - between the ages of 18 and 65 - were played a variety of genres ranging from various eras. To give an inclination into their anxiety levels, they were tracked on heart rate and blood pressure levels. Afterwards, the study found that Techno, Dubstep and 70's rock anthems were the top three types of music that recorded an increase in their blood pressure, with Techno, dubstep and classical chillout among the top three genres to increase heart rates.
From this they concluded that Techno is the genre "least affective at reducing anxiety" topping both heart rate and blood levels. While genres like 80s, 00s pop and Heavy Metal Classics were most likely to decrease the volunteers' blood pressure. Doctor Ömer Avlanmış who conducted the research stated;
“Medically they make a lot of sense, 80’s pop hits could have positive nostalgia attached to them for many people, and their upbeat, party-like sounds can induce the release of endorphins and serotonin in the brain, both increasing feelings of happiness and calm. In terms of heavy metal, I’d observe that angry music can help listeners process their feelings and as a result lead to greater well-being.”
While fans of 80s, 00s pop and Heavy Metal Classics are very happy with the results, Techno fans might disagree, attesting to enjoying a greater sense of well-being, despite what the research may want us to believe.