Genuine question: why do you care AT ALL what other people may think of you listening to a certain genre of music
Because I have to live with them. I need to get along with them, and playing death metal is not a good way to get along with people who don't enjoy or understand it.
Also because I'm not exactly self-sufficient and I often need a ride somewhere. People where I live are far more likely to do a favor for me if the think I'm not worshipping Satan.
Also I don't want people to worry about me. I hate being worried about. So since I tend to be very introverted and somewhat moody, playing death metal could send the message to well-meaning idiots that I'm about to go off the deep end or something. The last thing I need is somebody knocking on my door and being all, "Listen, I've been worried about you lately. Are you okay?" Because quite honestly, mislead charity pisses me off and actually makes me less
Whoa. I didn't expect that to turn into a rant at all, but lookee, it sure did.
I'm glad I don't know people like the ones you know then, because if someone I knew potentially stopped liking me because of the music I listen to, I'd imagine I'd be better off without them.
Also, you say it as if listening to death metal means that you have to force it down people's throats (that's what it sounds like, despite whether I'm right or wrong). I generally listen to death metal through my headphones, and not out loud, but that's only because I know my family and some of my friends don't like it, so I feel uncomfortable 'subjecting' them to it. But by no means have I ever stopped listening to music just because people around me don't like it.
It seems you don't listen to it because you don't want people to think you're 'weird' or whatever else. I guess that's all to do with where/who you grow up with though.
Actually, I suppose you're just on a higher 'uncomfortable' level than I am.