Monday, August 07, 2006

Music affects teen sex. Surprise.

This article won't really surprise youth pastors. It has some good observations and research on the impact sexually oriented music has on teens. The bottom line, of course, is that the more parents can be involved in the lives of their teens, the more parents will know what their teens are hearing and watching and reading, and who they're hanging with. All that good stuff.

    CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- Teens whose iPods are full of music with raunchy, sexual lyrics start having sex sooner than those who prefer other songs, a study found.

    Whether it's hip-hop, rap, pop or rock, much of popular music aimed at teens contains sexual overtones. Its influence on their behavior appears to depend on how the sex is portrayed, researchers found.

    Songs depicting men as "sex-driven studs," women as sex objects and with explicit references to sex acts are more likely to trigger early sexual behavior than those where sexual references are more veiled and relationships appear more committed, the study found.

    Teens who said they listened to lots of music with degrading sexual messages were almost twice as likely to start having intercourse or other sexual activities within the following two years as were teens who listened to little or no sexually degrading music.

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