Discover your perfect Music Genre with the Big 5 Personality Model

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Ever heard of those 24/7 live YouTube channels that post lo-fi study music videos every day? To most of the younger generation, it’s a familiar concept that’s incorporated into their daily lives. You’ll find that a lot of those people are students, ie. people like you and me who probably need to set up a focused headspace in order to meet a deadline (every single student has been there, trust us on this).

We bet you’ve seen this girl studying for hours on end before (everybody’s been down the lo-fi hip-hop rabbit hole).

And if you haven’t, then how did you even end up here?? We’re kidding, please read on.

But as it turns out, those lo-fi mixtapes aren’t the only “genre” of music that people like to listen to, because believe it or not, there was a time before such videos when people used to listen to classical music for developing focus (I personally go for dark Russian waltzes if I have to pick something classical, they set quite a mood tbh). And there is a chance that by knowing more about your personality type, you can know more about your study music preferences. Read on below to find out more about what type of music you’re most likely to listen to!

There are SO many different types of people we come across in our daily lives, and it’s hard to pinpoint what their taste in music is. But here’s where Educitizen comes in! What you read below may or may not be anything new to you, but we guarantee it will help you gain some insight into study music and what it says about you as a person and vice versa.

While there are several different “systems” or tests in place for categorizing people and their personalities – such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or NERIS Type Explorer and more – we’re going to go with the Big Five personality model, since it’s the most commonly known indicator out there.

Finally, let’s get into the Big 5 Model and what study music will most likely appeal to you:

According to this model, there are 5 indicators of an individual’s personality, as follows

  • Openness to Experience (O):

This one’s pretty self-explanatory right? It basically is an indicator of how open-minded or liberal you are and it’s another way of saying that you like to try out new things every now and then! That way you’re always learning and creating experiences for yourself, which means you’d be very likely to have one of the most diverse playlists out there. This personality trait also means that you’ll keep your study music preferences pretty open – so what’s on your playlist(s)? It’s really anybody’s guess (but we’d place our bets on the most perfect blend of complex and sophisticated music out there – jazz). Happy experimenting!

  • Conscientiousness (C):

Okay, the word conscientiousness is quite a mouthful, but it pretty much means being self-disciplined, having more or less an orderly and goal-driven way of life. If this sounds like you then you’d like something more complex and sophisticated – care to indulge in some smooth jazz perhaps? (Or maybe you just want to double down on your work so well that there’s NO study music whatsoever for you, you need absolute silence in order to focus. Well, whatever works best for you right?)

  • Extraversion (E):

Talkative and love to socialize? If you feel energetic while engaging with people, then that’s a clear indication of extraversion. You love being around groups and just people in general, it’s probably where you’re drawing that mojo from. This could apply to how you feel about your music for a clear and focused headspace, you need some energy and rhythm. Many would go for the most chill beats they can find – but you? You’d love some bass-loaded music or songs that are ‘poppy-yet-indie-enough-to-be-loved-by-most-of-the-crowd’. Mainstream yet indie? Hey, you get the best of both worlds!

  • Agreeableness (A):

You just click with everything and everyone, which has its ups and downs. The up-side is that everyone probably loves being around you (and in this case, your taste in music), and the only downside might be that for someone as agreeable as you, you might have a tough time choosing what’s actually best for you since a lot of things seem like great choices to you. Worry not, we’ve got you covered. You might actually be close to the Extraversion group – how about you go for something pop-yet-indie too?

  • Emotional Stability (ES):

Last but definitely not least, we’ve got the emotionally stable ones out there. You’re just so good (or not so good but extremely chill about it?) at all the studying you gotta do that even if there was an apocalypse going on outside your window you’d be just fine skimming through lecture notes (well good for you but it’s probably best if you don’t study during an apocalypse). 

You’ve got excellent control over your emotional self and you know how you’re feeling about things, which is great! That level of emotional intelligence would probably mean that you’ve also got your music sorted, so if it was time to set up a study session, you’d know exactly what to go for – lo-fi beats. We know it might be a “mainstream” choice at this point but hey, you know what you like and you’re pretty self-assured, so don’t be afraid to indulge in whatever strikes your fancy.

Something before you go:

It’s important to keep in mind that these personality types/traits can differ across cultures, ages, races, genders, environments, genetics, and more – we have so many different factors and experiences that make up our personalities and affect our choices!

We’d also like to add that while this article was meant to inform you and help you educate yourself on different people and how they like their music, these are all personality traits that are present in everybody to some extent, and they’re not to be mistaken as strict classifications or anything. So there’s no need to be confused or overwhelmed by these characteristics! They’re just a part of you and they do not entirely define you, and the same can be said for the music recommendations you’ve gotten as a result of your quiz.

That’s all for this week, folks! Hopefully, you’ve learned something useful about yourselves or others by the end of this segment. We’ll be back with more study-related fun stuff, so tuned to Educitizen for next week’s content.

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