Why Music Services Are Wasting Time Recommending New Music

Quite drastic opinions, but interesting read:

Quick: think about your favorite band/song. Chances are it’s an artist/song that you formed your affinity for during your teenage years.

Couple this with something called the reminiscence bump, which states that we have stronger attachments to certain things depending upon the time in our lives during which we are exposed to those things, and it becomes even more clear that we fundamentally do not want new music. The reminiscence bump with respect to music seems to occur most prominently during the cognitive development maelstrom that is our teenage years.

According to Steve Janssen, PhD, “You recall more memories from the period of 10 to 25 [than previous or subsequent periods] and the bump has a peak between 16 and 20.” This is amplified by the fact that teens tend to listen to the same songs that they love repeatedly.

via Why Music Services Are Wasting Time Recommending New Music.

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