We have all heard the phrase, “sex, drugs and rock and roll.” Up until now it’s been just that, an overly used expression to describe what some people would call a good Friday night. For most of these wonderful citizens, however, it’s an unattainable lifestyle that can’t possibly last past the confines of the weekend. Sooner or later the man comes a calling for 99% of us and its back to the grind. Now fortunately, researchers in The Netherlands have discovered a brand new, mind-blowing theory that links sex and drugs to…loud music.
Okay so maybe it’s not as mind blowing as it seems but in a report from The Netherlands, researchers found that teens and young adults who spent a lot of time listening to loud music were also more likely to smoke marijuana, binge drink and have sex without a condom.
The report says,
They (the researchers) assessed "music-listening dose" by asking students how much time they spent listening to tunes on their MP3 players or at a club or concert and estimating how loud that music typically was for each participant.
The researchers then divided the students into those exposed or not exposed to risky music levels, based on a cut-off defined as one hour per day of music at 89 decibels — about as loud as a lawnmower — or the equivalent.
According to that definition, about one-third of the participants were risky MP3-player listeners and close to half were exposed to music at risky levels at clubs and concerts.
Young people who often listed to loud music on MP3 players were twice as likely to have used pot in the last month, compared to non-risky music listeners, the research team reported in Pediatrics on Monday.
And those who were frequently exposed to music at clubs and concerts were six times more likely than people who weren't to binge drink and twice as likely to have risky sex with inconsistent condom use. Club- and concert-goers also happened to be less likely to smoke pot than other youths.
One issue that experts have with the study is that it doesn’t answer one important type of question: what type of music, exactly, were study participants listening to? I would venture to guess it certainly isn’t any of the wonderful musicians that are featured on this upstanding website. Anyway, I think the moral of this story here kids is that if your bag is full of roaches, your bottle running low and you’re having trouble with the opposite sex, then just crank up your stereo and all of these problems will just melt away.
May I suggest the following as a good place to start?