If you're someone who gets defensive when other people ridicule your musical tastes, you probably shouldn't visit the "How Bad Is Your Spotify?" website.
If you do, be prepared for a snarky bot to take a close look at your Spotify music collection and almost certainly dish out some nasty comments. According to the bot's creator, the digital publication The Pudding, the AI that reviews your taste in tunes is "sophisticated." That qualification is debatable, of course, but it at least begins its assessment politely, explaining that "I'm just gonna look at what you listen to. I won't post or change anything." It's then up to you to grant the bot access to your Spotify collection and risk being called out for having too much Taylor Swift.
As far as the bot's résumé, it explains that it has been educated via more than 2 million "indicators of objectively good music, including Pitchfork reviews, record store recommendations, and subreddits you've never heard of."
The value of good music:
- According to The New York Times, the music we listen to in our teen years will likely be what we enjoy most for the rest of our lives.
- A 2011 study found that people who say they like country music become less attractive to members of the opposite sex.
- A scientific experiment at the University of Wisconsin theorized that cats probably don't like any of the music people listen to.