London, Jan 30 (Agencies): A bad choice in music can actually have a negative impact on relationships, say researchers.

A new study has revealed that music actually predicts sexual attraction and it also functions as a "badge" that people use to not only judge others, but at the same time, to express their own ideas.

The researchers examined the link between identity, music and what makes people "click", for their study.
The study, published in the 'Psychology of Music' journal, provided deep insights about why people like, what people like, and perhaps more importantly, how this can make or break a relationship.

During adolescence, music symbolizes one's identity which helps in striking a balance between belonging at the same time being original as well, the study found.

The researchers pointed out that rock is associated with social awareness and rebelliousness while pop signifies values about gender roles and conformity. They also revealed that people who like blues, jazz, classical, and folk are liberal and more open to experiences.

It was also established that a woman's devotion to country music diminishes her attractiveness to a potential male mate and a man's interest in country music make him less attractive to women.

But devotion to classical music and heavy metal rock has different influence on man or a woman.

"A date's devotion to country music was found to diminish attraction in respondents of both genders. In contrast, devotion to classical music and to heavy metal rock proved to be gender specific.”

"Fascination with heavy metal rock greatly enhanced the appeal of men, but it proved detrimental to that of women.”

“Adoration of classical music produced reverse consequences. It tended to facilitate the appeal of women, but to diminish that of men," the study says.

It was also made known that men were more strongly attracted to women with whom they shared musical tastes. But for women, this had only a 'negligible effect' on their attraction to men.