Let’s Chat About BEING FIXATED ON THE PAST – Are You Still Listening To BON JOVI?
You might believe you’re still young and free-spirited because you surround yourself with “the glory days”. You might also find yourself grumbling about not understanding the latest slang words and believing that current music sucks. (Or as my father said of my music, it’s just screaming).
A recent survey suggests we stop listening to new music at the age of 30.
We just don’t soak up new music in the same way anymore. Why? Hormones. Between the ages of 12 and 22, our brains go through a lot of changes and we’re simply more receptive to the songs we hear. And after that, the effect fades.
Music imprinted during these years locks in memories, similar to the way smells do. Favorite songs from those years stimulate our pleasure responses in the brain, releasing dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and other happy juices. And the more we like a song, the more of these chemicals flow through our body.
This isn’t to say you won’t hear a new song in your 50s and 60s and make it a new fav — it just might not elicit the same strong response because you aren’t such a sponge anymore.
As far as your clothing and hairstyle choices? And that mullet? (Sigh)
Just remember, some nostalgia is good, but tomorrow could also be the best day of your life.
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