A couple weeks back we discussed a study examining stereotypes about music fans and how they related to actual fans’ real preferences. Unfortunately, the researchers couldn’t test one of the most intriguing stereotypes about music fans: the types of drugs and alcohol preferred by fans of particular genres.
So while we know the stereotype of rock fans is that they prefer beer and marijuana to wine and cocktails, the Rentfrow and Gosling study can’t tell us whether the stereotype is true. Today’s study addresses that limitation.
We’re also addressing (in a limited way) the complaint that the genres Rentfrow and Gosling studied are too restrictive — we’re allowing respondents to type in their most and least favorite subgenres of their favorite musical genre. I’m not sure how much we’ll be able to do with this information in data analysis, but we’re willing to give it a shot.
Obviously this study does have a few privacy concerns, since some of the drugs we’re asking about are illegal in most of the world. Our survey software does collect user IP addresses, which can give some information about where responses are coming from, and might be linked to an individual (for example, if you comment here using your real name). We’ll delete that data as soon as we’re done collecting it, but if you’re concerned about privacy, you may not want to respond to this survey. Obviously that means our results won’t be ideal, but hey, this is a casual study, remember? If you still want to give it a shot, then
As usual, the survey is short, with just 6 questions (although two of them require 14 separate responses). It should take just a couple minutes to complete. You have until Thursday, March 13 to respond. Don’t forget to come back next Friday for the results!