Does your nationality dictate your musical tastes?
This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science.
Meet psychologists in Australia. They study what’s called “taste publics.” That’s a phrase for general, regional preferences. Think: Americans like baseball caps! The French like berets.
A long-held assumption says that public tastes also vary by social group. Highbrow art for the wealthy, and so on. But is that true?
To find out, the researchers posted a music survey online. Anyone, worldwide, could respond. It asked: What music do you like? Why? It also surveyed education and income.
They received almost twenty-nine thousand responses! They focused their analysis on five regions with the most responses: North America; Scandinavia; Australia plus New Zealand; France plus Germany; Britain plus Ireland.
And? Education and income didn’t matter! Regionally, people prefer the same music. Scandinavia? Rock! France and Germany? Really rebellious rock!
Americans? Classical! Yep. Classical. Why? Mood management: lowering tension, relieving boredom, et cetera.
Really? Classical? Study be darned, they’ll have to pry my show tunes out of my cold dead hands. So don’t cry for me, Argentina.
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