Far from the constraints of a shower, Austinites come in droves to gather around the flickering screen of an old television. At New Seoul Karaoke Studio, a man cleaning out a singing room mentions hearing that people come to sing after heartbreak. This might seem fitting upon discovering that karaoke translates to “empty orchestra.”
A study published earlier this year in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research reports that the occasional karaoke night coupled with casual drinking can be good for your health. Then again, there are also reports saying that karaoke leads to alcoholism.
Whatever the effects, you would be hard-pressed to find a person who hasn’t held a microphone in their hand and sung a horrendous rendition of a famous song.