Culture | April 06, 2018

Thought the wild shit you were subjected to at Big Day Out 2010 ruined your life?

 

Well, be chill.

 

According to a recent study conducted by researchers at O2 and Goldsmith University, regularly attending ‘communal arts experiences’ – like concerts, theatre, and that shitty art gallery tinder date – increases your life expectancy by 9 years.

 

Associate lecturer, Patrick Fagan, explained that people had a 25% increase in feelings of self-worth and perceived closeness to others, and a 75% increase in mental stimulation.

 

Apparently, the psychological benefits of attending a concert outweigh any of the negatives (the overpriced alcohol, the screaming teenage girls, the toilet line that you seriously debate taking a squat behind).

 

If relieving yourself in public isn’t your thing, researchers found that enjoying music in the comfort of your own home can also increase your life expectancy. But forcing yourself out of your introverted bubble and into the mosh has been proven to be a lot more effective.

 

You can bet listening to the Kendrick Lamar x Dr. Dre mashup will add a few years.

 

Header image shot by Martin Rybar (REDDS FX)