Thursday, May 14, 2015

33 and stuck in your ways?

I read in the elevator- so it must be true- that once you are 33 you are stuck in your musical ways. That seemed completely unbelievable to me so I searched for the study and found this site:

If you don't want to read it, it basically states that, from research gleaned from Spotify and Echo Nest, people's musical tastes are cemented at 33.  You will no longer discover new music or listen to music out of your genre.   For some reason this happens earlier if you have kids.

 I cannot believe this.  I have kids. Nine years after my music exploration cut off date I started liking Country music.  I had never listened to it before. Over the last year a new employee has shared a lot of music I never listened too before with me and I love a lot of it.

If this study is true than I am an exception. Which feels kinda good.

What do you think?  Please share your stories. I can't  wait to read them.

If you like music Arlee Bird's blog "Tossing it Out" usually has a battle of the bands where you can listen to the same songs by two different bands and vote on which version is your favorite.  Arlee is the founder of the very popular A to Z Challenge and is focused on that right now but I am sure he will go back to his regular format soon so check it out.

Play it until I hate music


  1. Thanks for the mention. The Battle of the Bands posts happen on the 1st and 15th of each month.

    I'm not I'd agree with the findings of this "33" study. To some degree I think this might be true, but at different ages for different people. It probably depends on how much you listen to music and how varied your musical tastes are.

    I'm the kind of person who is always exploring for new things whether it be music, food, or whatever. There is much music that I started listening to and enjoying after age 33, but then again I was more open to all styles from music even from childhood.

    Studies might come up with conclusions of generalities but I think there are always the exceptions and probably more exceptions that generally assumed.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Road trippin' with A to Z
    Tossing It Out

    1. I am glad to see that everyone else agrees with me that this seems completely incorrect. Could you imagine listing to the same music from your teens til you die. BORING!

  2. Hmm, very interesting! I'm always listening to new things, really hope that never changes. I've experienced both though-- people over 33 who refuse to explore other music as well as people over 33 who still listen to everything. (And a big AMEN to country music, love it so much!!)

    1. Country is one of the few things I can listen to with the kids in the car and not be scared of hearing something they should not hear. It is probably my favorite genre. I can't wait to read your post tomorrow.

  3. I say "what tosh" !! My children have introduced me to loads of new music and bands and I know my musical likes have changed since I hit 33 (and will continue to change!!) - I too wasn't much into Country before - even though my Mum has always loved it. I catch up with the latest releases each week to ensure I do not "grow old" in my musical tastes and knowledge. Maybe they're just out to scare us? Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

    1. I knew I liked you. It would be horrible to stagnate at 33. Your children are able to introduce because you are open to trying new things. That is great and you have set a wonderful example for them.
      As a teacher continually learning and being open to new options is the best thing you can do for your students.

  4. Interesting study. By my 30s, I was only interested in listening to jazz, classical, and 60s/70s rock. I still like those genres the most, but I'm willing to listen to other types of music.