A poll tries to relate band preference to likelihood of sex on the first date.
We don’t know what it is about “Smells like teen spirit” and “Come as you are” that get Nirvana fans going, but apparently, in one recent poll, they’re the ones most likely to have sex on a first date, while Coldplay fans are most likely to chat and run.
The obvious explanation is that Coldplay sucks the life force out of your soul and makes you want to pretend to be a country singer, and, indeed, most explanations have relied on some sort of psychological explanation of the music.
But break it down. You are a Coldplay, Adele, and Lady Gaga fan. Indeed, you like them so much you voted. What are you? Answer: a girl.
You are a Gorrilaz to Metallica fan. What are you? Answer: a boy.
Ergo. Who is more likely to declare themselves likely to have sex on the first date?
But there are some girls who like Gorrilaz, right? Yes, they are troubled girls with an affinity for marijuana and a father who’s going/gone.
The point here isn’t this study, so quickly featured by the media who long for something interesting to talk about. (Protip: just come to Partial Objects. Consider it show prep.)
The point is that this teaches us an important lesson about medicine and sociology. Be very suspicious of any association study that shows a very significant relationship between two variables, but does not contain the words, “matched for age and gender”– and socioeconomic status and diet and lunar cycle and age at first penetration and..