Average person stops seeking out new music by age 28: survey
A woman listens to music while wearing headphones. (AFP)
Published Tuesday, July 24, 2018 1:03PM EDT
Listening to the same songs over and over rather than seeking out new tunes? You have plenty of company -- if you're 28 or over.
A survey by streaming service Deezer found that the average person reaches "musical paralysis" -- when she or he primarily listens to familiar tracks and does not seek out new genres -- at the age of 27 years and 11 months.
Musical discovery peaks nearly three years earlier, with 25-year-olds on average listening to at least 10 new songs per week.
Deezer surveyed 5,000 adults online across Brazil, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Brazilians reached musical paralysis the earliest, at 23 years and two months, while Germans stayed curious the longest, hitting paralysis at 31 years old.
A majority across the five countries said they wished they could encounter more new music.
Demanding work schedules were the top reason given for having closed ears, with others cited including child care duties and a sense of being overwhelmed by musical choice.
Deezer released the survey as it promoted its feature Flow, which mixes a listener's favourites with new music recommended based on previous choice.
Deezer, a competitor of streaming platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal, is based in Paris and has 14 million monthly active users.