“It’s just a book!” Fifty Shades fans say. “It can’t possibly have an effect on people’s behavior in the real world!”
“Sales of duct tape, cable ties and rope at a hardware store in a sleepy market town are booming - thanks to erotic novel Fifty Shades Of Grey.
“Women appear to be buying the equipment to use for sex games rather than for DIY jobs after picking up tips to spice up their love lives in the racy bestselling book.”
If Fifty Shades can cause noticeable changes in purchasing behavior of people who’ve read it, I don’t see why it couldn’t cause changes in other areas of behavior. Everything we read affects us.