Modern teenage experience

Your browser will redirect to your requested content shortly. Which types of animals do we use? New research charting broad shifts in changing personal music tastes during our lifetimes finds that – while it’s intrinsically linked to personality and experience – there are common music genre trends associated with key stages in a human life. It would seem that, unless modern teenage experience die before you get old, your taste in music will probably change to meet social and psychological needs.

One theory put forward by researchers, based on the study, is that we come to music to experiment with identity and define ourselves, and then use it as a social vehicle to establish our group and find a mate, and later as a more solitary expression of our intellect, status and greater emotional understanding. The study is published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. MUSIC model – mellow, unpretentious, sophisticated, intense, contemporary – and plotted the patterns of preference across age-groups. These five categories incorporate multiple genres that share common musical and psychological traits – such as loudness and complexity. The project started with a common conception that musical taste does not evolve after young adulthood.

Arielle Bonneville-Roussy from Cambridge’s Department of Psychology, who led the study. Dr Jason Rentfrow, senior researcher on the study. Whereas the first musical age is about asserting independence, the next appears to be more about gaining acceptance from others. Due to our very large sample size, gathered from online forms and social media channels, we were able to find very robust age trends in musical taste.