Musical paralysis, which is defined as the time at which we stop discovering new music and start listening to the same tracks and genres over and over again, is apparently prevalent and at its peak in our 20s. This is according to research that was commissioned by the music streaming service, Deezer.
The research by Deezer also found that the most likely age we are to enter a stage of "musical paralysis" in our lives is 27 years and 11 months.
Curing musical paralysis
However, can musical paralysis be "cured"?
According to Deezer, curated playlists should help ease "musical paralysis."
“With so much brilliant music out there, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. This often results in us getting stuck in ‘musical paralysis’ by the time we hit our late twenties! At Deezer, we’ll help to ‘cure’ you with some of our editor’s best playlists and our feature Flow - an ongoing soundtrack of old favorites mixed in with recommended new music discoveries tailored to your personal tastes.” said Sotiris Moldovanos, South African Music Editor at Deezer.
The research, commissioned by Deezer, explored the age people get hit by musical paralysis by asking 5,000 adults from the UK, USA, Germany, France, and Brazil about their song preferences and listening habits. Across all age groups, two-thirds of respondents (65%) reported that they have felt stuck in a musical rut, while two fifths (41%) said they would be unlikely to try music from outside of their favorite genres.
On average, 25 years and one month is the age when music discovery peaks. At this age, two-thirds of respondents (67%) reported listening to 10 or more new tracks per week and 56% sought out at least five new artists per month. What is interesting is that the biggest reasons given by people for experiencing musical paralysis were mainly due to having a demanding job (25%), feeling overwhelmed by the mass of choices available (18%), and caring for young children (14%).
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