January 22, 2013 13:02

Listening to Justin Bieber and One Direction makes you a better person, 'scientific' study finds

According to the research, listing to hip-hop, punk and trance makes kids 'delinquent'

Listening to Justin Bieber and One Direction makes you a better person, 'scientific' study finds

Photo: PA

While it might not get you any street cred, listening to so-called mainstream music such as Justin Bieber and One Direction will make you a better person, a study has found.

According to research conducted in the Netherlands, kids who listen to "unconventional music" – which they define as hip-hop, punk and trance, are more likely to become "delinquents".

As The Atlantic reports, the 'Early Adolescent Music Preferences and Minor Delinquency' study assessed 300 school children aged 12 to 16 and found that those who listened to Justin Bieber or "highbrow" music (their words, not ours) such as Beethoven or jazz turned out to be model students.

School kids with better taste in music, rocking out to Sex Pistols or Odd Future, were more likely to commit crimes later on in life. "Music is the medium that separates mainstream youth from young people who may more easily adopt norm-breaking behaviors," the study found.

It also suggests that "in peer groups characterized by their deviant music taste, norm-breaking youth may 'infect' their friends with their behavior." So next time someone hands you that new Tyler, The Creator or Milk Music mixtape – be warned.

Last year, another ridiculous survey found that there really is a link between sex, drugs and rock'n'roll as boffins at Erasmus MC University Medical Center in the Netherlands said they'd drawn links between listening to loud music, smoking marijuana and having "risky" sex.

Read More On This Artist

Justin Bieber Merchandise
More News
Kasabian cover Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' and announce plans to perform debut album in...
Prince reveals two new songs ahead of dual album release – listen
Neil Young rumoured to be releasing orchestral album 'Storytone'
Radiohead update official app with new music
Superfood announce details of debut album 'Don't Say That' – hear new song
Disclosure working with Mary J Blige on her new album 'The London Sessions'
Marina and the Diamonds preview snippet of new track 'Froot' – listen
Ryan Adams streams new album online
Rapper Riff Raff attacks 'chubby' Sam Smith after being cut from VMAs Instagram photo
Ash's Tim Wheeler announces debut solo album 'Lost Domain' – hear first song now
Yoko Ono announces this year's recipients of the Lennon Ono Grant For Peace
Royal Blood say debut album success shows there is 'hope for guitars and riffs' – watch
Bloc Party's Kele Okereke dismisses idea of 'Silent Alarm' anniversary tour
Mercury Music Prize 2014 nominees to be revealed next week
Today's new album releases: The Kooks, Pulled Apart By Horses and more
Arcade Fire cover Wolf Parade during final, homecoming Reflektor tour show – watch
Superfood and Honeyblood to play NME New Breed Tour
Foals and The Antlers to feature in Transgressive Records' free September downloads
Representative for Ariana Grande denies leaked nude photos are real
Franz Ferdinand, Mogwai and Frightened Rabbit to headline pro-Scottish independence gig
Royal Blood announce UK tour dates – O2 Priority Ticket details
SBTRKT joins London iTunes Festival line-up

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Featured Videos
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Most Read News
Popular This Week
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today