Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Loud Music Attracts Risk Taking Demographic

Listening to loud music linked with pot use, unsafe sex, study says - latimes.com

The researchers found that compared with young adults who listened to music responsibly, those who put themselves at risk with digital music players were:
* 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.

...and it doesn't end there, for the study goes on to say that going to concerts and music clubs is now bad for your health as well!!! For the love of God, now the puritans are coming to take our music away.

Oh my! ...Here comes the call for intervention:

With regard to digital music players, the researchers noted that “music sounds better with cannabis use” and noted that manufacturers “should be encouraged to create a safer listening environments” by creating players that produce high-quality sound at lower dBA levels.
"Encouraged"? We all know that this is code for more busy body legislation. Is there any place or terrain that is off limits to the Neo-Do-Gooders of (Counter) Do-Gooderism?

The study was published in The Official Journal of of the American Academy of Pediatrics:


Risky Music-Listening Behaviors and Associated Health-Risk Behaviors

...cannabis generates feelings of happiness and
relaxation.29 Furthermore, it enhances
activities, that is, music sounds better
with cannabis use. It could be that this
subgroup of listeners want to experience
a feeling of “getting lost” in the
music and to cut oneself off from one’s
surroundings...
Oh, how horrible! Isn't that the purpose of music and all art forms? What are these people, anti-art? Anti-relaxation? Relaxation lowers stress, and lowering one's stress levels (even at a young age) is good for one's health.

Second, frequent visitors of discotheques
and pop concerts reported less often
the use of cannabis...

Have the researchers pondered the thought that maybe there is a circumstantial reason for this?  Using cannabis at such venues is illegal, no ? No, there just has to be some deep, existential meaning in there somewhere that requires more research funding! Oh, and does anyone really refer to nightclubs as discotheques anymore? What century are these people living in?

Furthermore, alcohol has a greater impact on attitudes
and intentions toward unprotected sex when individuals are sexually aroused.32
Isn't youth also a co-factor in this equation?

High-volume music in music venues
provides its visitors with an opportunity
to congregate without having to
communicate; this is referred to as the
social noise phenomenon.”33 Because
loud music prevents communication at
distances of,1 m, it enables people to
move inside the personal space of
members of the opposite sex to communicate
with them, however limited
the mode of communication may be.33
 I didn't realize that there was such a thing as "social noise phenomenon". It sounds really scary!

Thus, interventions to reduce the
occurrence of unprotected sex, for example,
might best be implemented in
contexts where people will be making
the decision to have unprotected sex,
such as in discotheques or at pop
concerts. A discotheque or pop concert
could not only be a place where hearing
protection is provided, but also where
condoms are provided. In addition,
inhibiting cues could be provided by
posters with warnings against alcohol
abuse and unsafe sex at discotheque
entrances or by printing messages on
admission tickets.
That's the goal: Big, scary signs everywhere you go, even in the "discotheques" were alcohol is served. Forgive me if I'm missing something here, but isn't it illegal for "children" to drink alcohol in "discotheques"? Hmmm...Well, golly gee, of course it is. So why is this study, which is published in a pediatric publication pressing for the intervention of adult behavior at adult venues? Oh, I get it, this group is referred to as "emerging adults". Legally, you're an adult, but mentally....well...you're a child that needs to be guided by the state. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for passing out condoms to prevent the spread of disease and unwanted pregnancies, but there has got to be a limit to how far "public" health can go.

So ultimately, the message is: there is nothing that exists on this green earth that the health despots cannot connect in some way, shape, or form to something that is deemed to be unhealthy, thereby "justifying" the need for intervention at all levels of society. "It's for the children."

8 comments:

  1. "The researchers found that compared with young adults who listened to music responsibly, those who put themselves at risk with digital music players were:
    * 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."


    Ah, that would explain it then. Guilty on all counts. That's what comes of listening to loud music for the last 45 or more years and not listening to it "responsibly". I knew there had to be a reason! And I bet rock'n'roll is the worst. (Although I'm not averse to a bit of opera at full blast either.)

    If only they'd banned loud music when I was a teenager, (sniff) I could have grown up to be one of the grey sheeple, (sniff) and not had to do all that thinking for myself. (sniff, bawaaah...)

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  2. Lol!! That does explain it all, doesn't it?

    "And I bet rock'n'roll is the worst."

    But of COURSE!!

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  3. Let me get this straight.

    Does the first sentence mean:

    "Young adults who listen to music irresponsibly are 1.19 times more likely to smoke cigs daily" Is that what it means?

    OK. This is the old 'Relative Risk' thing, in'it? In order to arrive at that 'risk' (more likely to smoke fags daily), you need a 'population' who are 'less likely to smoke fags daily'. What is this population? According to this research, that population is young people who listen to music 'responsibly'.

    The question then arises as to how big those populations were. Without such information, the RR is meaningless. For example, if 1 person per year out of 1,000 persons who work in a specific hospital catches flu, whereas 2 persons in a different hospital catch flu, the RR of catching flu in the second hospital is 2 - that is, twice as great! But the actual numbers involved is minuscule and therefore the actual risk is also minuscule.

    What utter rot!

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  4. Have you seen how many musicians use pot & alcohol? Ofcourse there is a cautation!!Don't forget that Bob Marley was working for the Big Pot/Alcohol industry!!!


    Like ETS,loud music should be banned.I cannot stand loud music myself,it causes me nervous breakdown.Therefore wherever I go,music ought not to be loud!!!For the sake of my ears...

    Ofcourse it's not about the people who attend a gig,go to a club,it's about the workers!Do you know how many artists have become deaf?

    Perhaps only flutes should be allowed in concerts!!Oh yes,and free NRT presciptions!!!

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  5. "Perhaps only flutes should be allowed in concerts!!Oh yes,and free NRT presciptions!!!

    ....Sounds like loads of fun! ..nothing against flutes, lol:-)

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    1. For the record,I love gigs,especially being fan of rock :)

      On a more serious tone jredheadgirl,speaking of music and culture overall,i keep thinking that after the introduction of smoking bans/fierce smoking restrictions (2004 WHO framework) & the total mainstream embracement of smoking abstinence nowadays, creativity on music/movies has hit a rock bottom.

      I know that there are other reasons as well,but at least on an observational basis,actors who have quit smoking sack nowadays,music artists who promote antismoking messages are just a shadow of their past.

      I cannot imagine that an album like 'Nevermind',or a movie like 'Fight Club', can be released nowadays

      When I discuss the issue with non-smokers as well,they tend to agree with me.

      Perhaps I should have a website and become the antiStanton Glantz for culture! lol

      What do you think?

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    2. Karagiannis-

      I have no doubt in my mind that the restrictive atmosphere that we are currently living in has had an impact on creativity. That, coupled with piracy....well, that's another issue, but the two together have really done quite a number on the music biz.

      Things could spring back though, and I have a feeling that (eventually) they will...because there are people out there like you and me, lol!

      "Perhaps I should have a website and become the antiStanton Glantz for culture! lol"

      GO FOR IT!!

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  6. "The question then arises as to how big those populations were. Without such information, the RR is meaningless."

    Good point Junican.

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