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07 September 2011

How songs about sex affect kids

Do sexualised lyrics in popular music have an impact on the sexual behaviour and attitudes of adolescents?

Do sexualised lyrics in popular music have an impact on the sexual behaviour and attitudes of adolescents?

The amount of music that 8- to18-year-olds listen to has increased by 45% in recent years, rising dramatically with the popularity of MP3 players, such as iPods. Previous research has indicated that there is a strong link between exposure to sexual media (on screen and in music) and sexual activity. Teens tend to overestimate the sexual activity of their peers and one source of this misperception is the entertainment media.

 
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