In 2013, when the vast majority of music fans have Spotify and iTunes and the average listener’s taste is so schizophrenic that they’re into both Taylor Swift and Metallica, it’s getting harder and harder to define a person’s personal likes and dislikes purely by what bands they like. Thankfully there’s a new website that seeks to answer some of those questions—or at least what band’s fans are more likely to be conservative or pick their noses when no one’s looking.
Stereotype.fm attempts to determine personality traits of a band's fans by compiling data from more than 100,000 surveys conducted on sister site Tastebuds.fm. While some of the results are less than surprising—Hilary Duff fans are least like to have ever smoked weed, for example—others shine a light on the broad-based fandom of some of today's more polarizing or underappreciated bands. Who would have guessed, for instance, that 22% of Alanis Morissette fans have had a threesome?
More fun facts: Fugazi fans are fairly likely to have attended a private school, while Bonnie "Prince" Billy boasts a wealth of Atheist fans. But Fun and Mumford & Sons have a healthy conservative fanbase, though somewhat hearteningly, only 8% of Tastebuds users surveyed identified themselves as leaning to the far right.
Plug some band names into the search engine and play around with the system for a few minutes. The results might just be surprising. [via Buzzfeed]