Ah, the guitar; the soulful, six-stringed beauty that opens the way to a person’s heart and soul. It’s one of the most popular instruments people want to learn. Learning it can’t be that hard…you just move your fingers across the strings with one hand and strum away with the other, right?

So, what’s your reason for picking up this acoustic (or perhaps electric) beauty in the first place? And when you’ve had enough, what was your reason for quitting? A picture floating around Twitter has the answers for you and you’ll laugh at the results.

The following charts have made their way around the Twitterverse for the past couple of days, which tabulate the results of the following questions: “Why did you start playing the guitar?” and “Why did you stop playing?”

twitter guitar

We’ve recreated these two charts in English and added some color (you’re welcome):

learning guitar

quitting guitar

Well, there we have it! The most popular answer was overwhelmingly, “to attract someone of the opposite sex.” Makes sense though, the sultry skill of a guitarist has wooed more people than we can count, plus if you can play the guitar, you can play the song that sweeps your crush right off their feet. If only the recorder had the same effect…

And then of course the unsurprising reason of why people stopped playing. After all, when you fail to catch the interest of the person you’re infatuated with with your plinky “Stairway to Heaven” cover, it’s hard to keep those fingers in practice.

For those of you who have picked up the guitar, what was your reason? Do you share the same results as this graph indicates? Should we take this information with a grain of salt? Whichever it may be, let us know in the comments!

Source: kinisoku
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