Imagine you were once very passionate about finding a new song or singer. Can be every week, can be every month. You hear many genres, from pop to metal. There are always new singers or songs to enjoy.
Then now you find yourself confused by the new songs that are released. You are grumbling because you don’t understand where EDM is good or don’t connect with contemporary slang words in the lyrics of a song. Your taste in music will freeze and start playing the old repertoire that you have been accustomed to.
If you experience these things, you might experience what Adam Read, the editor of Deezer English and Irish, said as musical paralysis.
“With so much brilliant music out there, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. This often causes us to be trapped in ‘musical paralysis’ when we enter the age of three heads, “Adam Read was quoted as saying by Lindsay Dodgson for the Business Insider news page.
This term became popular around June 2018, when the music streaming service Deezer released the results of a survey about the preferences and habits of someone listening to music. The survey, which was conducted in the United Kingdom, United States, France, Germany, and Brazil, involved 5,000 respondents from diverse ages.
The results may not be as surprising, but quite interesting: the average person will stop exploring new music alias experiencing musical paralysis at the age of 30.
In more detail, the average age of musical paralysis is different in each country. Broadcast separately on the Digital Music News page, French respondents experienced it at an average age of 27. Then consecutively German, British and US respondents experienced at age 31, 30, 29. While the average age of musical paralysis in Brazil was the youngest , age 23.
Deezer’s researchers also found that before they experienced a period of paralysis, fans of this music would reach the peak of musical determination.
“During this ‘peak’ age, they listen to approximately ten new songs or more per week. Then, they will stop exploring new music altogether, “writes Daniel Sanchez of Digital Music News.
Again, the age of this peak period is different in each country surveyed. Daniel Sanchez said in Brazil music fans reached the peak of exploration at the age of 22. Then in a row in France at the age of 26, in Germany at the age of 27, in England at the age of 24, and in the US at the age of 24.
As simple as possible, it can be concluded: as people age, people slowly stop following the latest music developments. Even so, British music journalist Mark Beaumont rejects that conclusion.
“That’s bullshit. Being a lover of music, good or bad, means a lifelong addiction, “Beaumont said in his article for the New Musical Express page.
According to him, there are still many music bloggers who are always looking for new music to review. He himself still likes to look for new bands every day. It has become a habit that he will not stop. Also, according to him, many old rockers still update their music repertoire. They always want the sensation of jerking from the new bands they follow.
Even though their eyesight was farsighted, their musical enthusiasm was still burning. At any age they still love music. This survey is clearly irrelevant to them. This survey, Beaumont wrote, further illustrates the majority of people who hear music at a glance, like people who accidentally hear a song that is played in a hangout cafe.
“Once again not, music lovers will not stop exploring music after 30 years, [which is like it] music consumers,” he concluded.
Beaumont’s opinion has a point. The Deezer survey actually revealed that basically people stop looking for new music not because they don’t like music anymore, but because they are running out of time.
When asked why they stopped exploring new music, 25 percent of respondents answered the busy work that was blocking them. While 14 percent answered the time was taken up because they had to care for children. Then — as mentioned by Read before — the other 18 percent feel overwhelmed by the large number of music choices available now. In addition, Sanchez said 60 percent of respondents said they really crave more time to listen to new music.
Another addition from Dodgson is the case for the role of brain chemistry. Science shows that our favorite songs in adolescence stimulate the pleasure response in the brain. The brain then releases dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and other chemicals that make us feel happy. The more we like songs, the more these chemicals are released by the brain. So if we hear a song you really like, it will be more likely to stick forever.
“That does not mean you will not like a new song in the future, but maybe a new song will be difficult to stick to as strong as an old song,” wrote Dodgson.
In addition, if we find ourselves playing the same song or singer, it does not mean there is something wrong with our tastes. That is one sign that our tastes have matured at the age of three heads.