Study links raunchy music with earlier teen sex

Deutsche Presse Agentur
Published: Monday August 7, 2006

Print This | Email This

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