When Do We Stop Finding New Music? A Statistical Analysis

link: www.statsignificant.com/p/when-do-we-stop-finding-new-music

I found this dive into music acquisition trends to be really interesting.

It’s strange how much your 13-year-old self defines your lifelong artistic tastes. At this age, we’re unable to drive, vote, drink alcohol, or pay taxes, yet we’re old enough to cultivate enduring musical preferences. … Every cohort believes that music was “better back in my day.”

This study identifies 33 as the tipping point for sonic stagnation, an age where artistic taste calcifies, increasingly deviating from contemporary works. But wait, there’s more. Spotify data indicates that parents stray from the mainstream at an accelerated rate compared to empty nesters—a sort of “parent tax” on one’s cultural relevancy.

The degree of importance attributed to music declines with age, even though adults still consider music important. Young people listen to music significantly more than middle-aged adults. Young people listen to music in a wide variety of contexts and settings, whereas adults listen to music primarily in private contexts.

The explore-exploit trade-off refers to the dilemma between seeking new information (exploring) and optimizing decisions based on known information (exploiting). … The explore-exploit trade-off and an adjacent decision-making puzzle known as the optimal-stopping problem have prompted extensive research and the coining of a shortcut known as the 37% rule. This heuristic suggests we spend the first 37% of available search time exploring our options before settling on a preferred solution or selection.

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