Researchers may have proven the old theory that loud music makes young people more likely to smoke weed, drink beer and have unprotected sex.
A university in Rotterdam surveyed 944 students aged 15-25 and compared their listening habits and social behavior.
They found that those listening to loud music on MP3 players were twice as likely to use cannabis in the last month, and those who listened at clubs were six times more likely to binge drink and twice as likely to have unprotected sex. However, the club-goers were less likely to smoke weed.
"I think they've really shown that sex and drugs go with rock and roll," said Dr. Sharon Levy after the Chicago Tribune showed her the study, though the research doesn't specify which genre the students listened to.
Levy says it is too early to conclude that loud music is to blame. "We know that high-risk behaviors certainly run together, so in some ways it's not a big surprise," she added.
The study might seem unsurprising, but as scientists are keen to point out, correlation does not prove causation. That means these behaviors might be influenced by an external factor rather than proving that loud music causes anything, though it would suggest that sex, drugs and loud music can often go hand-in-hand.
Hearing loss remains the only proven problem with listening to loud music, with many subjects in the study listening to music at levels which could cause long-term damage to their hearing.
Does loud music lead to this sort of behavior, or is it just part of being a young person in the modern world? Share your theories in the comments.