Study links raunchy music with earlier teen sex
Deutsche Presse Agentur
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Monday August 7, 2006
Los Angeles - A new study published Monday has found that
teenagers who listen to music with raunchy sexual lyrics are more
likely to have sex at a younger age than those who don't listen to
sexually explicit music.
Though the result appears to be obvious, the study published in
the August issue of Paediatrics, the journal of the American Academy
of Paediatrics, claims to be the first to examine the relationship
between the music that teens listen to and their sexual development.
The authors tracked the sexual behaviour and musical tastes of
1,461 US adolescent participants in reference to 16 top artists whose
lyrics "depicted sexually insatiable men pursuing women valued only
as sex objects."
Among heavy listeners of sexually degrading music - where men are
"studs" and women are sex objects - 51 per cent started having sex
within two years, versus 29 per cent of those who listened to little
or none of that type of music.
"Adolescents who listen to a lot of music containing these
objectifying and limiting characterizations of sexuality progress
more quickly in their sexual behaviour, regardless of their race or
gender," said Steven Martino, the study's lead author and a
researcher for the Rand Corporation.
Martino said there was no correlation found between sexual
behaviour and sexualized lyrics that were not degrading in tone.
Martino said that degrading lyrics teach boys to relentlessly
pursue women, while girls view themselves as sex objects.
"We think that really lowers kids' inhibitions and makes them less
thoughtful," he said.
(c) Deutsche Press News, 2006