Thursday, March 5, 2009

Bad 4 Nashville: Country Music Makes Peeple Stupider

Posted By on Thu, Mar 5, 2009 at 12:43 PM

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If a nerdy 25-year-old Caltech grad student's aggregated data is to be believed, listening to country music results in lower SAT scores.

This, of course, does not bode well for [Country] Music Capital, USA, and self-styled Athens of the South (which, ironically, has pretty poor literacy rates).

Virgil Griffith, whose findings were featured in this Wall Street Journal story, used Facebook to mine the SAT scores and musical tastes of users, then plotted both out on a graph to illustrate the correlation between musical taste and intelligence.

The results, in most cases, were not surprising. Smart people listen to Beethoven. Dumb people listen to rap, hip hop and Kelly Clarkson. Unfortunately for us, country music listeners have a level of intelligence comparable to those who listen to Kelly Clarkson and Blink 182. Ouch!

Griffith is notorious for his website that calls out the douche bags who edit their own Wikipedia entries.

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