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popular music, sexual references, sexual attitude
Adolescents and young adults listen to 2-3 hours of music per day. The sexual content of that music is important to identify formation and how they perceive sex and relationships, and genre of music can influence lyrics. This paper analyzes the effect that genre has on both presence and attitude of sexual references in popular music. The sample consisted of 200 of the best-selling songs on iTunes. Results suggest a significant relationship between both genre and presence of sexual references and genre and attitudes toward sex. This study shows that sexual content is prevalent in popular music and could suggest that the lyrics we listen to can impact the way we perceive the world.
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Terry, Meghan; Ramage, Mariah; Gardner, Crystal; Van Alfen, Jessica; and Gregson, Emilee, "Popular Music: Sexually Saturated? A Content Analysis of Sexual References in Popular Music" (2016). FHSS Mentored Research Conference. 294.
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