Are Emo Kids As Sad As They’re Perceived To Be?

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It’s funny because everyone seems to have a different idea of what kind of music falls under the emo spectrum. Some kids of the noughties will swear by the “Holy Trinity” of Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco and My Chemical Romance (RIP). Then of course, there are the likes of From First To Last and Underoath, which are a little more on the post-hardcore spectrum. Almost a 180-turn from that, the likes of American Football, Mineral or Sunny Day Real Estate. These are all very different types of music that can all easily be described as “emo”. Though very different, there’s one common assumption everyone seems to have – we’re all just a bunch of sad kids.

Here’s the most cliche statement – emo kids are so misunderstood. Wow, ain’t that original – I can feel everyone rolling their eyes at this but hear me out. There’s a grave misconception about what it means to be emo – why does everyone think all it means is moping about, wearing too much eyeliner and donning a very stressful hairstyle involving far too much hairspray? When did being emo become more synonymous to a sad scene kid image as opposed to enjoying a certain type of music?

Let’s be real for a second, at the prime of your angsty adolescence regardless of what damn genre you listen to – you are moody as hell and every little thing seems like the end of the world. Is this the result of exclusively listening to emo music? Probably not, it just comes with the age doesn’t it. SO STOP PORTRAYING EMO AS SAD, YOU GUYS. We’re just in touch with our emotions, okay.

Now, I probably no longer fall into the emo kids demographic, what with being in my twenties and well past my teenage years but here’s what I’ve learned from my own experiences. Emo music (whichever type it is you choose to listen to) is great not only because because it’s nice to have such relatable lyrics to turn to. Whether it’s to let your anger out or to have a little cry every now and again, it really does help ~not feeling alone in the world~. As “sad” as the music is, at the end of the day it’s probably what helps us emo kids feel a little less sad. Ironic how that works, isn’t it.

Here’s a little meme that describes a little better the effect that listening to emo music leaves on me. Is the paradoxical nature of this whole thing confusing you? Good, welcome to my life.