Published on May 22nd, 2012 | by James Johnson0
Children Who Listen To Loud Music Are More Likely To Do Drugs, Binge Drink And Have Unsafe Sex [Study]
Listening to extremely loud music has obvious side effects over time such as the loss of hearing but a new study published in the journal Pediatrics claims that young adults who listen to digital music players with ear buds and high volumes are twice as likely to smoke pot. The study also finds that listening to loud music at dance clubs and concerts leads to a six times increase of binge drinking.
Researchers examined 944 low-income students at two vocations schools in the Netherlands, the students were aged 15 to 25 with an average age of 19.
According to the study risky music was defined as anything at or above 89 dBA for at least one hour per day. Music at such a high level has been associated with “increased feelings of isolation, depression, loneliness, anger, and fear.”
Here are the increase in dangerous activities the study linked to loud music listening:
* 1.99 times more likely to say they had used cannabis in the last four weeks;
* 1.19 times more likely to smoke cigarettes daily; and
* 1.10 times more likely to have sex without using a condom every time.
Attending concerts and nightclubs with loud music led to the following increased risks:
* 5.94 times more likely to have consumed five or more alcoholic drinks in a row at some point in the last four weeks;
* 2.03 times more likely to have sex without using a condom every time; and
* 1.12 times more likely to smoke cigarettes every day.
The study does not claim that listening to loud music causes risky behavior, rather than the two events are linked to one another in some manner.
The full online study can be found here.