Originally Posted by DavidMahler
here is something which really bothers me
I really dislike when I meet someone new and I say "so what music do you like?" and i get the response "I like everything".................I get this response almost every time, and usually they don't know anything outside of the basic mainstream....it's not like when they say "everything" they mean anything eclectic, usually "everything" means they're not too picky when it comes to music because it's not that substantial to them. That irks me
I think the "I like everything" answer is more often due to the strong stereotyping effect of music preference: you can see this stereotyping effect even from this thread. Compare music genres to, say, sports: If you meet someone for the first time and he says "I like basketball / baseball / jogging / cycling / I don't do sports at all", this does not tell you much about his personality in general (except perhaps whether he is an extrovert or an introvert), but if he says "I like classical music / jazz / heavy metal / pop / rap", it seems a light bulb is suddenly switched on in your mind: you think
you have intuited something about his intelligence, his relationship with others, his general outlook on life, whether he respects or flouts authority, and so on. Therefore, some people are understandably cautious about disclosing their music preferences, and a way to avoid being branded -- at least until the relationship goes beyond first acquaintance -- is to say "I like everything".