Heavy metal fans are “quite delicate things?” They are if you believe Adrian North.
Yahoo News UK & Ireland reports that Adrian North, a psychology professor at Heriot-Watt University, has completed a research study linking music taste to personality. He said: “People do actually define themselves through music and relate to other people through it but we haven’t known in detail how music is connected to identity.” Those participating were asked to rate 104 musical styles in the study and were also questioned on aspects of their personality.
His study included more than 36,000 people from around the world and suggests that fans of heavy metal are gentle and introverted, but not hard working; indie listeners exhibit low self-esteem, those fond of pop are uncreative, country and western lovers are hard-working, those who like rap are outgoing and jazz and classical music supporters are innovative and bursting with self-confidence.
My favorite quote was from the BBC. They reported North saying, “The general public has held a stereotype of heavy metal fans being suicidally depressed and of being a danger to themselves and society in general. But they are quite delicate things.”
Both articles also list some similarities between fans of different genres. To see the actual paper (and others), click here.