A new study finds that '80s metal fans were "significantly happier in their youth, and better adjusted currently" than a parallel group of current college students, and than their own peers that liked other, tamer (read: lamer) music. The researchers questioned 154 metal heads and unsurprisingly, found that most of them had no regrets about their risky (awesome) behavior in their youth.

It's important to note, however, that the subjects of the study were "relatively high functioning individuals," meaning the study probably left out a lot of metal heads who were too drug induced, too drunk, too suicidal, or too dead to participate in the study.

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