Are you a woman? Are you between the ages of 18 and 24? Have you read the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy, that tour de smut — and sadism, and lots of bondage?
If so, you probably enjoy a good binge-drinking session and have already racked up at least five sexual partners in your lifetime. You are also more likely to suffer from an eating disorder and have had a boyfriend or husband who has yelled at you or stalked you.
These findings are the result of a totally necessary study undertaken by researchers at Michigan State University, the Daily Mail reports.
Specifically, the researchers spent part of their professional lives learning that young female readers of the initial “Fifty Shades” novel are 34 percent more likely than women who haven’t read it to have been part of a romantic relationship involving a person with stalker traits, 25 percent to have been yelled at by a lover and 75 percent more likely to have used some diet aid — or fasted for at least 24 hours.
For women in the same group who have read all three “Fifty Shades” books, the investigators found that they are 65 percent more likely to enjoy at least five drinks on a given occasion at least a half dozen different times per month. And they are 63 more likely to have had at least five sexual partners in their lifetimes.
The study, which appears in the Journal of Women’s Health, involved over 650 women in the 18-24 age bracket.
“It’s possible the books influenced the onset of these behaviors,” suggested lead researcher Amy Bonomi, according to the Mail.
“All are known risks associated with being in an abusive relationship, much like the lead character, Anastasia, is in ‘Fifty Shades,'” Bonomi added.
“If women experienced adverse health behaviors such as disordered eating first, reading ‘Fifty Shades’ might reaffirm those experiences and potentially aggravate related trauma,” the Michigan State human development professor also said.
“Fifty Shades of Grey” by British author E. L. James has been massively successful since it was released in 2011. It spent weeks upon weeks in Amazon’s top 100 books and currently sits at #172 on Amazon’s list.
The richly pornographic novel crops up in education news way more than you’d expect.
In 2013, for example, Philadelphia high school teacher Philip Aidoo, who claimed to be blissfully unaware of the extreme sexual content of the book, bought it for a freshman to read in class. The student’s mother was displeased. (RELATED: Mom Wants Teacher Fired Just Because He Bought ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ For Ninth Grader)