… Still, Dr. Martino says, the study left little doubt in his mind that the music’s message has an effect.
He and other researchers surveyed 1,461 adolescents in
2001 about their sexual experiences and related factors. The
researchers followed up with similar questions in 2002 and 2004.
Throughout the study, participants reported how often
they were listening to 16 artists chosen by the study’s authors based
on their popularity. In every case – across racial and gender lines,
and after accounting for factors like a heightened interest in sex or
more permissive parents – increased exposure to sexually degrading
lyrics (though not merely sexual ones) led to increased sexual activity.
On the plus side the researchers are realistic and are NOT suggesting censorship. Censorship won’t work because teens love to rebel anyway. And the Stones weren’t cricket either in their time.