Music & Mate Selection: What Your Taste in Music Says About You

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People who like the same music are more attracted to each other.

Your taste in music can be a strong factor in deciding whether you’re date-worthy. Men in particular are more strongly attracted to women who share the same taste in music, according to a study of heterosexual college students. Fascination with heavy metal rock greatly enhanced the appeal of men, but was detrimental to that of women. Adoration of classical music produced the reverse consequences. Country music fans were looked down on by both sexes.

It’s well established that music affects and reflects mood. Certain moods call for certain kinds of music. For example, people going through a breakup tend to prefer sad or angry music that reflects their mood. Those who want to be happy should listen to the upbeat music of Copland as opposed to the sadder tunes of Stravinsky.

It turns out that humans almost universally perceive the same moods in different beats of music. For example, indigenous tribal cultures with little exposure to the rest of the world agreed with modern college students that certain series of beats were “sad”, “angry” or “happy”. This could explain why stereotypes of different music fans are so pervasive. It also explains why preferences in music can create bonds between people. Liking the same music serves as a badge of group membership – bonding otherwise unfamiliar people and causing them to share greater rewards with each other than those who like other types of music.

Dating Lesson Learned: Best place to find a like-minded date is probably a concert, music festival, or other music-filled venue.

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Concerts: Best place to meet a like-minded date?

P.S. The guitar is the hottest instrument. Scientifically proven.

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