type of music are you into?”
Is that the
sound of the first date barrel of questions being scraped—a surefire sign that
conversation isn’t exactly flowing like a string quartet? That the promise of a
second date is fading faster than Jedward’s career?
Or, is this
actually the question we should all, once armed with the knowledge science has
bestowed on us of the power of music, be asking a prospective partner?
Whether or not you
reach for this tried and tested first date ice breaker is of course your choice. But if you do, or indeed you're put on the spot by an mp3--loving date, here’s what the academic world tell us about musical tastes and
It stands to reason that listening to Adele crack out a power ballad is more likely to reduce you to tears, than, say an uptempo dance track is inclined to lift your spirits. But research shows that music influences us in rather less obvious ways too. Loud music, it has been found, is more likely to see you gulping back the Pinot Grigio that a lower volume would set you to sipping. What's more, having any sort of background music playing in a restaurant—be it jazz, pop or classical—is likely to see you spend more on cuisine than the absence of backing track would. Lyrics also play a role, with politically or socially charged verses more likely to elicit kindness in listeners.