Recent research would seem to confirm that teenagers who listen to songs with sexually crude lyrics start having sex earlier than those who listen to other types of music.  These is one of the main findings of the Rand Corporation, which carried out a study by telephone interviewing 1,461 adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17, most of whom were virgins when the study began in 2001. The subjects were questioned about their sexual behaviour and the music they listened to in 2001 with follow-up interviews being were conducted in 2002 and 2005. The conclusion published in this month’s issue of Paediatrics (the official journal of the American Academy of Paediatrics), runs thus: 

Listening to music with degrading sexual lyrics is related to advances in a range of sexual activities among adolescents, whereas this does not seem to be true of other sexual lyrics. This result is consistent with sexual-script theory and

suggests that cultural messages about expected sexual behavior among males and females may underlie the effect. Reducing the amount of degrading sexual content in popular music or reducing young people’s exposure to music with this type of content could help delay the onset of sexual behavior.

I just wonder just how many people would find this at all surprising. What concerns most people, I should think, is just how they are to get teenagers listening to songs which are without, as the Rand report terms it, “this type of content” while still keeping them engaged and entertained.  

 

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