Google has announced that its Play Music family plans are official, and will be available in the coming days. In the overall data, music in families had a medium effect on family cohesion, while its effect on emotional well-being was close to zero (for path coefficients see Table Table3).3 ). Music in peer groups, on the other hand, showed small effects on peer cohesion and emotional well-being.
Many of our family’s music problems stem from starting with a single free Spotify account (which gave us a limited number of songs we could save) before moving to a single personal Spotify account (which meant everyone’s preferences were jumbled together).
Family and peer contexts are the most important and immediate environments that shape individuals’ development (Bronfenbrenner, 1979 , 1986 ). The cultural context, on the other hand, presents a more remote but nevertheless influential context factor that is likely to shape micro-context processes (Bronfenbrenner, 1979 ). In the following sections, we elaborate on the influence of music in family contexts and how musical engagement in families positively influences young people’s functioning.
Under the Apple Family Sharing system you can very easily invite the other members of your family to share purchases made by the primary account (without giving them access to that account), you can share their purchases, and you can authorize them to make purchases or have all purchase requests passed back to a parent for authorization.
Among the research investigating music listening and its effects on psychological well-being via self-selected uses of music (including emotion regulation strategies), Laukka ( 2007 ) showed that the elderly in Sweden listen to music frequently and exhibit a variety of listening strategies related to emotion regulation.