Sexually-Charged Lyrics, Sexually Charged Teens

Sexually-Charged Lyrics, Sexually Charged Teens
Scott Williams
This article originally appeared in the FamilyLife Culture Watch blog on February 28, 2009.

A recent study out of the University of Pittsburgh suggests that teens who have steady diet of music with sexually suggestive lyrics are far more likely to engage in sexual intercourse.

The study, which appeared in a recent issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, tracked more than 700 ninth graders at three urban high schools. Researchers found that it didn't matter whether it was girls or boys, but those who had the greatest exposure to degrading sexual lyrics were more than twice as likely to be sexually active as those who had the lowest exposure. The same results were true whether the students had been virgins or had been sexually active before.

"This study demonstrates that, among this sample of young adolescents . . . exposure to lyrics describing degrading sex was one of the strongest associations with sexual activity," said Dr. Brian A. Primack, lead researcher of the study.

So I have a question for you (This is Tony again). What are you listening to? Paul said to be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12:2) God wants all of us all the time. Are you committed to Him in your mind as well as your Sunday morning routine? Let me encourage you to GUARD your mind for the sake of your relationship to Christ - and your witness to the world. Be the living Image you were created to be.

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