September 23, 2014

Spotify Explores Cornell Student Trends

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On average, Cornell students wake up at 6:15 a.m., get five hours of sleep — less than the typical college student — and listen to pop music, a study by Spotify recently found.

Spotify, a music streaming service, analyzed the listening data for the 40 schools whose students signed up for the student discount at the highest rates last semester because “that plan appeals to students who love music,” according to Spotify’s website. The 40 schools were ranked by how many songs each student listens to — Cornell came in 14th on the list.

The study found that though the peak time for morning listenership among all 40 schools was 9:15 a.m., there were spikes at 6 and 7 a.m. for Cornell students.

“One possibility: [Cornell’s] students wake up and exercise before class more than those at other schools,” the study said.

Students have various explanations for the early average listening period.

Kevin Chan ’17 said he usually wakes up early, around 7 or 8 a.m., to do homework.

“I’m not that productive at night, so I’ll wake up in the morning to get my work done. I listen to music when I’m showering to get a jumpstart to my day,” he said.

Ashley Vincent ’17 suggested students listening in the early morning are still up studying from the night before.

“I listen to music when I study, and I stayed up until 5:30 a.m. studying yesterday,” she said.

The study also found that Cornell students sleep approximately five hours each night, significantly less than students at other universities.

Femi Adegunloye ’16 said the earliest he ever goes to bed is 2 a.m. and that he pulls all-nighters one to two nights a week.

“If I’m working really hard, I’ll just keep going until it’s time for class and then take a nap later,” he said.

In addition to sleeping habits, the study analyzed the types of music that students like.

Pop, dance, electronic dance music and hip hop were the most-listened to genres at Cornell, and the most popular artists were Lana Del Rey, Kanye West, Calvin Harris and Coldplay.

Cornell also ranked first out of the 40 schools in how much students listen to acoustic and instrumental songs and came in last placewhen it came to listening to energetic, high-tempo songs. Cornellians also listened to the shortest songs out of all the students.

Nicole Edelstein ’15 said she usually listens to classical music when she is doing work.

“When I study I listen to piano quartets, which are slow and not very energetic, because it is good background music,” Edelstein said.