Tuesday, January 19, 2010

What do you think?

I was pulling the news wires today when I came across a study by Texas Tech University that found a  correlation between multiple tattoos or piercings and "deviant behavior."
The group surveyed 1,753 students at four colleges and found they engage in more promiscuity, more drug use, more binge drinking, more arrests and more cheating on academics than their peers.
The correlation with deviant behavior came among the 4 percent of students who had four or more tattoos, seven or more piercings, or one "intimate piercing," researchers said.
If you write YA, are you using piercings and tattoos in your character descriptions? Have you thought about what this says about your character? Interesting stuff. What do you think?


  1. I don't think anybody should be encouraging tattoos in any genre or media. The practice is another sad statement about our society and the frivolity of self-indulgent behavior. Hopefully this will be a fad that will soon disappear.

  2. I, too, think this is a phase. It's okay to express yourself on your body, but as the wife of someone who can hire people for well paying jobs, I think it reduces your options if you go overboard. To each his own, but there are always consequences to your actions. So if your YA characters are overdoing it in any manner, I'm guessing showing the consequences would be a good thing.