Gee, who knew? Duh. But hang on. There’s actually quite a bit more to this study.
People are always tricking to figure out what makes other people tick. Personality testing is a huge business–US$2 billion in America alone. And who isn’t quick to judge someone based on what kind of music they like? If I say “emo kid,” what comes to mind? There you go.
The University of Cambridge and Bar-Ilan University in Israel came up with an online quiz designed to ferret out details on the musical preferences and personalities of more than 285,000 people across 53 countries. There was also a website that saw 71,000 visitors from 34 countries rate clips of various types of music. So yeah, n=HUGE in this study. According to Inc., here’s what they found.
- Extroverts tend to like danceable, upbeat, contemporary music.
- People who are neurotic to some degree enjoy “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and other intense grunge tracks.
- Conscientious types avoid the heavy stuff
- Agreeable people tend to like mellow music. There was a strong correlation between liking mellow music and being agreeable.
- People known for their openness tend to move towards sophisticated music.
The Inc article points out that this information could be helpful when it comes to hiring a new employee. True dat.
The full study can be found here.
UPDATE: Reader Vanessa found this study interesting so she started surfing around to find more. That’s when she found this (via This Day In Music Search – This Day In Music)
A study of more than 36,000 people from around the world concluded that musical tastes and personality type were closely related. The research, which was carried out by Professor Adrian North of Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh in the UK suggested classical music fans were shy, while heavy metal fans were gentle and at ease with themselves. Fans of Indie music had low self-esteem and were not hard working, fans of Rap music had high self-esteem and were outgoing. Country & Western fans were hardworking and outgoing, Reggae fans were creative but not hardworking, and fans of chart pop had high self-esteem, were not creative, but where hardworking and outgoing.
Huh. Now I’m confused.