It used to be that judging a person by what music they listen to was considered to be a form of cultural snobbery. “You can’t make an informed opinion of someone just by what bands they like! That’s so shallow and unfair!”
Well, maybe not.
According to this story in The Hill (and I’m quoting directly here):
- Studies have shown a link between music preferences and a person’s propensity to empathize with others.
- Researchers have also found a connection between music taste and personality traits.
- While researchers are still investigating a link between listening to music and its ability to influence a person’s mood long-term, strong evidence has shown how music can improve or dampen your mood more immediately.
There’s even a test you can take.