Loneliness of Adolescents and Their Choice and Enjoyment of Love-Celebrating Versus Love-Lamenting Popular Music

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Black and white male and female high school students subdivided into high and low loneliness groups in relation to romantic deprivation rated their enjoyment of love-lamenting and love-celebrating videos of popular romantic music. Loneliness proved inconsequential for the enjoyment of love-lamenting songs. However, highly lonely males enjoyed love-celebrating songs markedly less than less lonely males; in contrast, highly lonely females enjoyed love-celebrating songs more than less lonely females. Indications of music choices in hypothetical situations of romantic success and failure yielded strikingly different results, with most students reporting that they would choose music that matched their mood.