Thursday, May 14, 2015

Does Your Taste In Music Freeze At Age 33?

Taste Freeze at Age 33 image
Everyone reading this loves music, but for the most part, our musical tastes are different. That's all well and good, but a new study has found that by the time we reach age 33, whatever our tastes in music are, they're pretty much set in stone.

The study was based on data derived from Spotify users in the US, as well as artist popularity data from The Echo Nest.

The study found that most music lovers begin to discover music less as they reach about age 25, and pretty much stop at age 33, when they return to listening to music that was popular when they were coming of age. The author's call this "taste freeze." The problem is that this music has usually been phased out of popularity by that time.

The study also found a number of other interesting points:
  • people with children listen to less currently popular music, so their taste can freeze at an earlier age
  • men and women listen the same when in their teens, but men listen to less mainstream music than women after that point.
Certainly this study isn't true of all people, as musicians continue to stay up to date with current music longer, but it's true that the vast majority of people hit taste freeze at some point in their life.

Has it happened to you yet?

1 comment:

Peter McDonald said...

TBH I think this is pretty much true for me. Most bands I listen too I have been listening too for years. Mainly from my teens through to early twenties.

Occasionally I find new bands but very few and far between.


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