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Study Finds That Youth Are Influenced By Sexual Lyrics


A study by the Rand Corporation has found that young people who listen to sexually explicit music are much more likely to “start having sex sooner” (“Sexual Lyrics Prompt Teens to Have Sex,” Houston Chronicle, August 6, 2006). Steven Martino, the study’s lead researcher, concludes that this music “really lowers kids’ inhibitions and makes them less thoughtful.” The study, which appears in the August issue of Pediatrics magazine, involved interviews with 1,461 young people aged 12 to 17. Of course, common sense would reach the same conclusion. Thinking back to my own childhood, I know by experience how negatively one can be influenced by pop music. According to the Bible, we are not only influenced by what we hear; what we hear is what we are. The Bible says, “A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue” (Proverbs 17:4). A naughty tongue is a perfect description of the world of hip-hop music, and the Bible says that what one loves to hear is a reflection of one’s own heart. On the other hand, “The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise” (Proverbs 15:31).

Friday Church News Notes, August 11, 2006, www.wayoflife.orgfbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143)


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