I’ve thought about this a lot. My b/f seems to be “stuck” music wise, to the point where he sometimes reminds me of a parent if I have current music going, “Can you turn that crap down, it’s just a bunch of screaming.” I think it sneaks up on people. All that free time and free money from a high schooler, transformed into money spent on the latest music, movies, clothing.
That free time and free money become a lot smaller to nonexistent, without parents to pay bills, kids, general errand running, etc. So you didn’t buy that latest cd you like and when you finally found the spare cash, the band had a new cd out or splintered into an entirely new group of bands. I think priorities really change, for a lot of people.
I’ve kept up with music and clothing, but the last movie I saw in the theater was that horrible one with Sean Connery (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, I think). I know I’ve missed out on some great movies, I remember really wanting to see Kill Bill and jeez, The Panic Room from how long ago? I’ve fallen so far behind, I can’t remember probably half of the movies I really wanted to see. When I find I have the time, I realize I’d rather spend my money on purchasing Season II of Six Feet Under, rather than a trip to the local theater. It compounds, and I am now hopelessy lame in my current movie knowledge.
The last part I think is, a good dose of “honestly don’t care.” I grew up to Madonna and her shocking belly button and big dick song, so Ms. Spears doesn’t really seem like much if anything to get excited about. Platform shoes, didn’t like 'em the first time. YMMV