Here’s an interesting report:

CHICAGO — Teens whose iPods are full of music with raunchy, sexual lyrics start having sex sooner than those who prefer other songs, a study found.

Whether it’s hip-hop, rap, pop or rock, much of popular music aimed at teens contains sexual overtones. Its influence on their behavior appears to depend on how the sex is portrayed, researchers found.

I’d think that this is more of a correlation than anything causal. It’s not that listening to raunchy music on your iPod makes you have sex earlier — it’s just indicative of the environment in which you’re living.

Parents who let their kids listen to such music are probably — sadly — not very involved in their lives. There’s nothing we can do about such parents, but we can at least try to shame the purveyors of such crap out of existence. Let’s transfer the social shame of working for Phillip Morris over to Interscope Records and MTV.