Consider the case of Diet Coke. More fat people drink it than skinny people. That means that Diet Coke makes you fat, right?
Well of course not, but this is the same ridiculous backwards logic used in this report that teens who have iPod full of raunchy music have sex at an earlier age than teens with no obscene music. Its a CNN article describing a recent study published in Pediatrics.
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.
Among heavy listeners, 51 percent started having sex within two years, versus 29 percent of those who said they listened to little or no sexually degrading music.
At no point in the report do they mention the possibility that kids who are more sexualized, and hence will have sex earlier, will also be more apt to seek out music containing sex-soaked lyrics. This reasoning is also often over-looked in video game/violence correlational studies as well. Thats because its much tidier to have a nice straight line suggesting x “causes” y rather than admitting that highly complex behavior like sexual activity and violence cannot easily be put into one box or another.
So pass the Lil’ Kim and Diet Coke, cause its just that easy!