Monday, August 7, 2006

Medicine: who knew you could crap out an unscientific phone poll and Pediatrics would still publish it and pretend it was research?

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

In other news, people who think food taste good are more likely to get fat. And people who like to lick tables at McDonalds are more likely to get sick. And people who do really horrible research and make a career getting published by being political hack douchebags producing unnuanced research with pitifully obvious conclusions based on poorly collected correlational data will enter a special level of hell where they will be forced to read colorless statistical manuals until their ocular globes rupture.

Maybe it's just me, but the Rand Corporation looks like a scary group of folk. Condi Rice interned there.

5 comments:

michael said...

used to collaborate with rand for public health research several years ago. they are smart people.

michael said...

http://www.rand.org/hot_topics/access.html

Garrett said...

well they might be smart people, but this study is some major unnecessariness.

"i listen to fuck music, therefore i fuck." well, no shit, randlock. I'm not defending crappy misogynist music, I just don't necessarily buy that what's in your ipod is what causes your behavior. Seems much more likely that the kid who lives in a misogynist, sexist culture is more likely to be misogynist and sexist, not because of what's being listened to, but because that's what folks in the misogynist sexist culture listen to!

michael said...

i disagree with the conclusion of the research. if you looked at my music collection you would think i smoke lots of pot, have lots of tattoes, champion social equality, and do drive-bys in jamaica on a skateboard while wearing flannel shirts, hammer pants, and a facemask filled with vicks vaporub.

Josh said...

"will enter a special level of hell where they will be forced to read colorless statistical manuals until their ocular globes rupture."

Still trying to figure out where I went wrong.