Asked by someone I know earlier today, I couldn't actually think of an answer that made sense. Suffice to say, we were both at a pause. Figured I'd pop the question here, and see what was made of it. Why is it that music is so popular when compared to any of the visual arts (excluding movies that depend on both, that being, audio, not necessarily music). If you think about it from a primitive point of view, we rely on our eyes more than we do anything else, and as such, would think that our vision is one of the more important out of our five senses, as such, why do people respond more to music?
I don't find that I do...I respond more to visual things. But maybe that's just me.
These days, and well even in the past, music was and is far easier to convey to larger groups. Though to be honest historically, one of the larger parts of associated with music - dancing - is more of a visual element itself.
But when you think about it, what's easier - listen to a cd, or go to a gallery. Also one more important thing - music or audio makes it the easiest to remain a passive observer. A book for instance needs far more "effort" to read.
Yes, compared to the other senses, listening does indeed take little effort.
Some people rely more on sound; some rely more on sight. It varies person to person. I rely more on sight.
9th September 2007
I rely more on sound. I can hear someone three rooms over with headphones on.
"I'd shush her zephyr." ~ Zephyr.
I'm sure it's due to the ease of access. iPods are relatively cheap for what you get, and you can find some MP3 players for under 50 bucks easy. They're just convenient.
You know, perhaps you're just not understanding. What if we are indeed pleasing our eyes so much that we don't notice it? Kind-of like how people can pick out the bad points in their life and say 'Nothing good ever happens to me'.
Food for thought. :)
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9th December 2003
Indeed sounds can be enjoyed or observed much more passively then say, visual items. It takes little effort or focus.
Also, it's kinda hard to rate "popularity" due to this, when going from A to B it might be tricky if not outright impossible or dangerous to use visual distractions, reading a book or watching a movie while driving a vehicle ain't very easy or smart... listening to sound (music, conversation, ...) is. Though during this travel we will observe our surroundings, to look for threats, to anticipate but also to enjoy the enviroment. It's much more easy to measure "someone is listening to some music while driving" then "someone is enjoying the enviroment that passes by while driving".
If you'd take away all artificial items (TV, radio, ...) people might even use visual senses a lot more as a form of distraction.