Country music fans have highest suicide rate

US research shows that country music fans have the highest suicide rate. “The results of a multiple regression analysis of 49 metropolitan areas show that the greater the airtime devoted to country music, the greater the white suicide rate. The effect is independent of divorce, southernness, poverty, and gun availability.” Hat tip to The Road to Surfdom.

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  1. Richard’s avatar

    I’m reminded of an old joke: If you play country songs backwards they’re much happier — you get your wife back, your house back, your job back, you quit drinking…

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  2. Stilgherrian’s avatar

    And apparently, the slower the music they play at the bar, the more people drink.

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  3. shank’s avatar

    The suicide rate could very well have increased due to the people who ARE NOT country music fans, killing themselves to end the torture. After all, the article said the study was in metropolitan areas, not rural.

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  4. Stilgherrian’s avatar

    @shank: Oh well spotted, thank you!

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  5. chuck’s avatar

    i love this statistic and hate country music

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  6. zach’s avatar

    The only good country song to me is the devil went down to georgia

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  7. Michael’s avatar

    You know I dont agree I LOVE country and I never tried to commit suicide

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  8. David’s avatar

    Lol. I find this slighty funny do to people thinking of people who listen to hard rock and Metal songs being depressed. This proves everyone wrong. It would help though if people who listen to country music would quit imbreding….

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  9. Liz’s avatar

    So what? The rate of suicide may have absolutely no correlation between the music and the people who committed suicide. Listening to country music does not make you more likely to commit suicide. It just means that at the time of this study that’s what the numbers pointed to. If taken any other day it may or may not point to a different genre. Also, I really enjoy when people slam country music. I listen to country music and rarely hear people like me be so rude about other genres of music. I guess it just goes to show that we country folk are comfortable with who we are and don’t need to ridicule someone else’s opinion. If you like country that’s fine, but I’m not going to insult you for the type of music you listen to if you do not. To each their own.

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  10. Stilgherrian’s avatar

    @Liz: And I’m not going to — and in fact didn’t — insult your or anyone about their choice of music either. Certainly a couple of commenters made negative comments, but not I. Do I detect a little over-sensitivity on this issue?

    Two points, since you’re here…

    1. You perhaps have “correlation” wrong. There is a correlation, or at least the study showed one, but causation is the missing element.
    2. This post is more than four years old. How did you come to be reading it?

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  11. billy’s avatar

    you guys are stupid just because you lisen to country music dont mean your going to kill your self it just means that if you are thinking of killing your self and you are lisening to country music your more likely to kill your self than if you are lisening to anything else key factor you must be suicidal witch most people are not untill your suicidal you wont know how the music is going to effect your mind so to all you stupid people shut the f*** up cause you are just showing how stupid you really are just like if you own a gun doesnt mean your going to shoot your self but if your suicidal you might think of shooting your self

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  12. Stilgherrian’s avatar

    @billy: You’re quite right, of course. Why should anyone believe a study that employed “a multiple regression analysis of 49 metropolitan areas”? Or comments that point out that correlation is not causation? A 125-word run-on sentence with poor spelling trumps all of that. Obviously.

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  13. Tim’s avatar

    I find this funny because everytime I hear country music, I want to kill myself.

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