Who influence the music tastes of adolescents? A study on interpersonal influence in social networks
Research on music information behavior demonstrates that people rely primarily on others to discover new music. This paper reports on a qualitative study aiming at exploring more in-depth how music information circulates within the social networks of late adolescents and the role the different people involved in the process play. In-depth interviews were conducted with 19 adolescents (15-17 years old). The analysis revealed that music opinion leaders showed eagerness to share music information, tended to seek music information on an ongoing basis, and were perceived as being more knowledgeable than others in music. It was found that the ties that connected participants to opinion leaders were predominantly strong ties, which suggests that trustworthiness is an important component of credibility. These findings could potentially help identify new avenues for the improvement of music recommender systems.
Laplante, Audrey. 2012. Who influence the music tastes of adolescents? A study on interpersonal influence in social networks. In: Proceedings of the second international ACM workshop on Music information retrieval with user-centered and multimodal strategies, sous la dir. de Cynthia C.S. Liem, Meinard Müller, Steven K. Tjoa et George Tzanetakis, 37-42. New York: ACM. <http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2390848.2390857>.