In highly scientific study (read that as not scientific at all), Spotify data suggests that people stop listening to new music at age 33.
As a somewhat older than 33-year-old, I can affirm that, had I not had a son that is fanatical about music, I would not have listened to new music much past my 30s, so the study does make sense. But, since it’s based on Spotify data, maybe the conclusions drawn are due to the fact that we old folks just don’t use Spotify that much.
But I digress, whether the study would hold up to peer review is not at issue, I think most of us would agree that, at some point, we just want to listen to music that’s in our comfort zone. The study further states:
teens rest at the center of the nebula, listening almost exclusively to top Billboard hits and blissfully unaware that some rando is collecting data on their favorite jams.
That having been said, a study, an actual scientific study, published in 2013 showed that our brains light up when we hear new music that pleasantly surprises us.
According to the sourcelink, the scientists believed that it has to do with our brains’ love of pattern recognition, and being delightfully wrong.
That’s the sound of your brain pleading with you to listen to new music. I for one, plan to do more of it. But probably on Pandora, because I’m old and set in my ways.