Correlation or Causation?

So a “study” (which grant money was wasted, btw?) determines that kids who listen to music with sexually explicit lyrics are more likely to have sex.

They, of course, decide that listening to the music is what causes the sex. Agenda, anyone?

“We think that really lowers kids’ inhibitions and makes them less thoughtful”

Wow. So despite other researchers who say things like, “It’s a little dangerous to just pinpoint one thing. You have to look at everything that’s going on in a young person’s life. When somebody has a healthy sense of themselves, they don’t take these lyrics too seriously” or kids, who say they don’t even hear the lyrics, they just listen for the beats, these researchers have come to a determination on why teenagers are having sex. Notice who whole-heartedly agrees: David Walsh, a psychologist who heads the National Institute on Media and the Family, said the results make sense. I’m sure they make a lot of sense to him, sex is evil to him.

Studies like this are such a waste of time. Let’s see, is it at all possible that kids that are more inclined to have sex are also more inclined to listen to sexually explicit music, thus explaining the increased numbers? Hmm? If this study were an LSAT question, it would be logical flaw all over the place.

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3 responses to “Correlation or Causation?

  1. My guess is 95-99% correlation and 1-5% causation. The music is simply a component of that culture. It’s hard to pin-point exactly what causes what behavior when a kid is immersed in that culture. If you want to conduct a study, you could probably attribute it to peer pressure, TV, Movies, Video Games, Pornography, the Sexual Revolution of the 1960’s, Elvis etc. The truth is I agree that these studies are stupid. It’s not one particular thing, it’s a culture/lifestyle that many kids today find themselves in.

    Rob

  2. is it at all possible that kids that are more inclined to have sex are also more inclined to listen to sexually explicit music, thus explaining the increased numbers?

    It is definitely possible.

    I agree with both you and Rob. This study is flawed because they did not isolate the music as the only factor. There is no control group. It is therefore hard to draw conclusions.

    Probably, the music does have some effect, just like every other environmental factor has an effect.

  3. What a great site »

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