Like music? Like to listen to music with the volume cranked to 11? Answer yes? According to the most obvious study ever conducted, you're also more likely to smoke marijuana, binge drink, and have sex without a condom.
A study of 944 15 - 25 year-olds n The Netherlands concluded that people who listen to one hour of music per day at 89 decibels or louder are more inclined for risky behavior. Some of the findings of the Dutch study were so ridiculously obvious that it's kinda silly it's even making headlines. I.E (via):
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.
"We know that high-risk behaviors certainly run together, so in some ways it's not a big surprise," Levy told Reuters Health. The study can't say anything about whether listening to MP3 players makes people feel like smoking marijuana -- or vice versa, she said.
Personally, I can't wait to see this study spun into a cautionary tale for old grumpy people by the fun police at Fox News. This is the type of b.s. "findings" that lead community witchhunts against artists and concert venues and music in general, even when it's mostly enjoyed by responsible yet fun-loving adults. Since we don't have Frank Zappa around these days to defend the rock'n roll lifestyle, let's just pray the Tipper Gores of the world don't read this. Meanwhile, rock on: