“If it’s too loud, you’re too old”

The saying “If it’s too loud, you’re too old” is often used humorously to imply that older individuals are less tolerant of loud music or noise. However, there’s more to it than just a lighthearted quip. Let’s delve into the science behind this saying:

  1. Blocking Out Teenagerhood:
    • Loud music has a remarkable ability to help people tune out everything else. Whether it’s getting lost in a song or feeling the world fall away at a concert, loud music can completely take over our brains.
    • For teenagers, this effect might be particularly appealing. It provides an escape from their intense feelings and emotions, allowing them to momentarily disconnect from the challenges of teenage life.
  2. Altered State of Consciousness:
    • Listening to really loud music can cause an altered state of consciousness. It suppresses other senses and changes how we perceive the world.
    • Essentially, it’s like being temporarily “highjacked” by the music. Teenagers, like anyone seeking novel experiences, enjoy this altered state of mind.
  3. Soothing and Self-Medicating:
    • Loud music can release endorphins, making listeners feel good. The saccule, a part of the inner ear, is stimulated by loud music and provides a positive feedback loop to pleasure centers in the brain.
    • Teenagers might unconsciously self-medicate with loud music, seeking that pleasurable feeling.
  4. Addictive Nature:
    • Endorphins released during loud music can be addictive. When teenagers don’t get their “music fix,” they may experience withdrawal symptoms, similar to addiction.
    • So, yes, for many teenagers, loud music is like a drug they want and feel they need.

Remember, this saying isn’t about age per se; it’s more about individual preferences and how our brains respond to sensory stimuli. Whether young or old, our relationship with loud music varies based on personal factors and context12. And hey, sometimes cranking up the volume is just plain fun! 🎶🤘