Monday, October 3, 2011

92% of Pop Songs are About Sex

This isn't too surprising, but a recent study found that sex makes music sell. Of course for scientific purposes, they don't say "sex", but rather "reproductive" "evolutionary" messages.
Research conducted by University at Albany evolutionary psychologist Gordon Gallup and his student Dawn Hobbs shows that the majority of popular songs contain reproductive themes. In a large sample of current songs, they found an average of more than 10 different reproductive messages per song. 
Evolution is not about survival. It’s about reproductive competition and the perpetuation of genes. Of the songs that made it into the Top Ten on 2009 Billboard charts, over 90% featured embedded, evolutionarily relevant reproductive messages. These included references to sexual intercourse, body parts, promiscuity, infidelity, sex appeal, and rejection. 
Country songs contained an average of 5.9 different reproductive messages per song, with the most frequent being about parenting, commitment, rejection, and fidelity assurance. Pop songs contained 8.7 reproductive references per song, where sex appeal, reputation, short-term mating strategies, and fidelity assurance were the most common. For R&B there were 16.7 reproductive messages per song, with sex appeal, resources, sex acts, and status being the most prevalent. 
A further analysis showed that across all three charts, popular songs that made it into the Top Ten contained significantly more reproductive messages than those that failed to rise to the top of the charts. CONTINUE READING.
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We need to do a better job of teaching why "everyone else is doing it" isn't a good reason to make a moral decision.

Related posts:
**Dysfunctional Love Songs.
**Was Lady Gaga "Born This Way"?

1 comment:

Christina said...

How can they even say evolution & reproduction with a straight face when those having premarital sex are contracepting?