When drive home tonight, be sure to turn your music down–otherwise, your neighbors are apt to think you are an irresponsible slut who drinks too much, has unprotected sex and likes to get stoned. At least that’s the conclusion from a new study about people who like their Lady Gaga on the loud side.
A group of researchers from the Netherlands analyzed 944 people aged 15 to 25 and analyzed their music habits. They were then divided into groups based on how loud they preferred their tunes. A ‘high risk’ listener typically spent about an hour a day with music cranked up to 89 decibels–about as loud as a lawnmower. From there, researchers found an interesting–and strange–correlation between blasting music and risky behaviors. It seems that the more someone likes their music loud (about one-third of the population studied), the more likely they are to engage in unprotected sex. Twice as likely, in fact.
Not only that, but loud music was also associated with people who drank more alcohol and smoked more pot. In fact, they were six times more likely to binge drink and twice as likely to have smoked marijuana the month before.
Now, before we all jump to conclusions about the next person we find listening to loud music, it’s worth keeping in mind the audience studied here: teens and young adults. Isn’t that just the norm for all young people to listen to music really, really loud?
Furthermore, isn’t it a requirement for everyone–adults included–that track sprints, spin classes, sunny spring days and car rides home from a most excellent yoga class practically beg for some loud Train, Adele or Bee Gees (you gotta crank “Stayin’ Alive” in honor of Robin Gibb this week).
Turn it up! Just because someone likes to rock out, doesn’t mean that they are an irresponsible slut and a stoner.