How Christian Grey Is Making Readers Do Very Bad Things

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Well, this is unsettling and, quite frankly, just plain weird. Shortly after research proved that watching reality TV can turn you into a crappy person, a new study has linked unhealthy behaviors to Fifty Shades of Grey readers. (Yes, there was an actual study on this.) The study didn't find an uptick in S&M behavior since the books were released (though I'm sure if there were a study on that, it'd prove to be true) -- instead, it actually found something much more disturbing.


According to the research, women who read E.L. James' first novel (at the very least) were more apt to being in a relationship where their partner yelled or cursed at them. And ladies who devoured all three Fifty Shades novels were more likely to engage in binge drinking and have "more than five sexual partners" than those who never read the books.

It isn't clear if these tendencies were something readers had before reading the book (and the novel just brought them out), or if reading Fifty Shades caused women to act this way, but the researchers are kind of disturbed nonetheless. "If women experienced adverse health behaviors such as disordered eating first, reading Fifty Shades might reaffirm those experiences and potentially aggravate related trauma,” noted the lead researcher. "Likewise, if they read Fifty Shades before experiencing the health behaviors seen in our study, it’s possible the books influenced the onset of these behaviors."

Hmm ... kind of strange findings, but not completely unbelievable. Whenever something is massively popular, it often incites trends, so I could see how reading Fifty Shades of Grey would provoke women to partake in behavior that's not considered super healthy.

But of course, let's not forget about the women who are merely enjoying the books as a form of entertainment and/or escapism -- the "bored housewives," if you will. For those women, I can't see the harm in reading (and re-reading) the books at all.

Do you think your behavior changed at all since reading Fifty Shades of Grey?

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