From the Dept. of Duh: Science Proves That Our Music Tastes Change As We Age

I nominate this study as the dumbest piece of music-related scientific research of the last five years.  From The Telegraph:

Teenagers who despair of their parents’ music tastes should beware – their own musical preferences are likely to follow the same path. Researchers at the University of Cambridge believe they unravelled how a preference for Teenage Kicks can evolve into a love for Moonlight Sonata.They have identified three distinct musical ages that people pass through as they mature – intense, contemporary and sophisticated.

For example, teenagers use “intense” music such as punk and metal to establish their identity, but as their lifestyles change, so do their music choices.  As they move into early adulthood, interest in intense music decreases and a preference for “contemporary” music such as pop and rap rises.

Keep reading–if you think you need to.  A better read might be this National Post article on how all rock eventually ends up as classic rock of some sort.

Alan Cross

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One thought on “From the Dept. of Duh: Science Proves That Our Music Tastes Change As We Age

  • January 7, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    I’m in my mid-40s and I enjoy listening to Indie 88. Does that make me unusual? Or a music geek?


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