There is an exact age when you stop listening to new music

The streaming site Deezer pinpointed the exact age that someone experiences “musical paralysis”: the condition where one stops seeking out new music.

Alice Moore
June 11, 2018

Keeping up with new music can sometimes prove to be a bit of a chore – “bands start up each and every day”, as Pavement famously put it. The good news is, a report by streaming site Deezer has pinpointed the precise age of 30.5 to be the average point in which one experiences “musical paralysis”— the condition wherein one stops seeking out new music, trading their Spotify Discover playlist in exchange for the comfy blanket of tried and true favorites.

The study, which sampled  listening habits across the U.K., found that the wideness and willingness of one’s musical discovery usually peaks around age 24, with respondents of this age bracket seeking out an average of at least five new artists per month.

As for the reasons behind the onset of this musical paralysis, those interviewed cited feeling overwhelmed by too much music (19%), the demands of a stressful job (16%), and caring for young children (11%) – although victims of this condition weren’t exactly thrilled with the lack of adventurousness in their taste, with 47% wishing they could discover more music and 41% claiming they see themselves seeking out more new music in the future.

If musical paralysis has got you down, though, just move to Scotland – where, according to Deezer’s study, listeners continue seeking out new music until they’re 40 years and 7 months old.

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