Sex, drugs, and rock and roll. We've heard that line all too many times. And there's supporting facts for it as well. A new study has found that kids that spend a lot of time listening to loud music are more likely to smoke weed, binge drink, and have unprotected sex.
That pretty much summed up an entire generation, after generation. Researchers in Netherlands have determined that "music listening doses" of 944 students aged 15-25 have some similar pattern to it. They were asked how loud they listen to their tunes and how much time they spent listening to music, and how often they go to clubs or concerts.
If the subjects listened to music for longer than an hour a day and at more than 89 decibels, their behavior was "risky". A third of the sample was "risky" and half were exposed to terrifying levels at clubs and shows.
Cclubheads and concert-goers were six times more likely to binge drink and twice as likely to get it on without protection. Kids who listened to music loud were twice as inclined to have hit the bong in the past month. Researchers however pointed out that they don't know if listening to loud music drives kids to smoke or vice versa.
At this point the study seems a bit inconclusive. Music isn't a risk. Playing it loud would only hurt your ear drums. As for drug taking and unprotected sex, that's an issue of education more so to cause and effect.