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Study Suggests You Shouldn't Share Your iPod Playlist With Anyone

Should You Really Not Share Your iPod Playlist?

A study from the University of Cambridge focused on how we judge one another based on the contents of our iPods and came to the startling conclusion: Don't share your playlist with anyone!

Dr. Jason Rentfrow, who led the study, says that "we get a very strong impression about someone when we ask them what music they like," and that revealing what you listen to can “reinforce stereotypes and, potentially, social prejudices” about you.

Well, duh. Don't we always judge people on their preferences in movie, music, TV, and books? Isn't that why things we like but view as lowbrow are called "guilty pleasures"?


I must admit that sharing your playlist with someone is an intimate thing, but I don't know that shielding everyone from your musical opinions is the answer to not being judged — I say go forth and share.

Have you ever been afraid to share your playlist with anyone?

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biarose biarose 7 years
I'd be embarrassed if people saw some of the pop songs on my ipod, because they'd assume I was just a girlie girl.. but I just have REALLY eclectic taste in music.
dikke-kus dikke-kus 7 years
I get a lot of flack for my music. I'm older and I still like all the new trance stuff out there. I'm 44 and I love Tiesto and all that new DJ mixing. Also I like everything else but sometimes I load the new dance stuff to my IPod for workouts. Sometimes my friends give me the weirdest looks about that. Then I feel like I'm defending myself somehow. I listen to a wide range, rock, classical, alternative and a few movie soundtracks. Not so much country or jazz. Anyway sometimes I feel judged or embarrassed for it.
witchbaby witchbaby 7 years
it depends on the person. I like listening to a really large variety of music... mainly indie music and one time my 14 yr old cousin was looking at my ipod while i was driving and was like don't you have anything good to listen to? I think its more annoying when someone doesn't give any music a chance. I played him a track I thought he would like and after it was over he asked if I could make him a mix cd with the song and other similar sounding music.
gigilgirl gigilgirl 7 years
it's amusing coz here in the philippines we usually tap someone's ipod for music during certain occasions. it's funny when someone's playlist is the almost the same as yours! :)) but it's fun. i don't think one's musical preferences mirror one's personality. some genres match certain personalities... but not all! NOT AT ALL! I disagree!
cherrypie61 cherrypie61 7 years
I agree with you Geek. I'm OK with sharing them. Some people may like them or not and that'll be their problem not mine. Hiding them would be to me like hiding my clothes or my books just because don't want to be judged by them. Music is personal and worth wile to share and be proud of your tastes I think.
KibzeeLovee KibzeeLovee 7 years
yes! i once caught my friend checking out my itunes top 25 most played list, and i found myself feeling a bit...violated! haha and i couldn't figure out why. he did tease me for having kelly clarkson since you been gone as my #1, but really it wasn't that big of a deal, i guess i just didn't realize it was so personal to me.
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 7 years
I hate when certain people say my songs "suck" no one has the right to judge a song.
kia kia 7 years
I share with folks I feel close to and like. Otherwise I won't share if I could give a rat's a$$ about you. As simple as that. No fear involved.
weffie weffie 7 years
I'm happy to share... I think mine's a fairly diverse collection, I wouldn't worry about being judged because my tastes are all over the place. Just about every kind of popular music from about the late 1920s onward is represented, I don't know what conclusions you'd draw from that except that I like music and try to keep an open mind :)
trvasquez trvasquez 7 years
I hate it when people ask to see my playlists! I feel like they are asking to read my diary ...
mallorycurtis mallorycurtis 7 years
all our computers at work are networked so we can see each other's itunes. in that way i share my playlist with many people every day. i don't feel weird about it though, and i like seeing what kind of stuff others listen to.
Erika-Giselle Erika-Giselle 7 years
i'm very hesitant to share my playlist! there have been several instances (hanging with a new friend) where i'm really protective of my playlist. i thought it was just me though.
weffie weffie 7 years
Awww Rocket! I love random little SP sightings :)
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