I remember my aunt talking trash about rock music, evolution, and other things which went against her view of the world, but she wasn't the only one who thought metal was the highway to hell. A new study claims that 1980s metal fans not only grew up fine, but are doing better than their peers. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15298868.2015.1036918#abstract What I really like about the article is the quote from the poetry of Baudelaire, noting that it wouldn't be out of place as metal lyrics. On the pillow of evil is that Thrice-Great Devil Trismegistus Who lulls our hypnotized spirit; And the rich metal of our Will Is vaporized utterly by this savvy alchemist. It is the Devil who holds the strings by which we're moved: In revolting objects we find charm. (Les Fleurs du Mal [Flowers of Evil], p. 3. Translated by Howard Friedman) The study claims that compared to their non-metal peers, metal musicians and fans grew up to have greater happiness and satisfaction with life, and score high in identity development. They also score high in community building as adults. This wouldn't surprise me if true. Rock and roll and its children have often been at the core of a permanent revolution which has torn down prejudices from past generations, and metal has been the outsider even in that family, even as other forms of rock have been much more mainstream. It's no surprise that the outsider kids who saw each other's T-shirts and were able to talk about great music went on to build communities. You folks rock. BTW, a big shout out after the fact about the positives of throwing out conformity, especially the bigoted views of the mainstream. As RATM stated so eloquently when asked to enforce cultural norms... FVCK YOU! i WON'T DO WHATCHA TOLD ME! And, to all the younger metal fans who might currently get hassled, it does get better, so keep fighting the good fight!