I found this article mildly amusing: Tattoos linked to deviance?
Texas Tech Universityâ€™s study, which will be published in March in the Social Science Journal, says that people with two or more piercings or tattoos are more prone to deviant behaviour, which includes excess drinking, smoking pot, being promiscuous and being willing to cheat.
Ah, yes. Deviant behaviour. Of course, even today, where tattoos and piercings have become quite mainstream, those young people who are willing to commit to body modification are naturally more likely to be open to trying other experiences as well, so the study results are not surprising. But… deviant?
And yes, I understand that the textbook definition of deviance as a sociological study includes breaking the law, yet it seems oddly strange to call smoking pot “deviant” when 42% of the population have tried it, including Presidents and people in every walk of life, 14 states have legalized it for medical purposes, and multiple states are considering legalizing it for recreational purposes.