Men are on average funnier than women, claim psychologists who have reviewed several previous studies to investigate how funny different people are.
The studies assessed the humor of the participants – for example, by asking them to write a funny caption with a cartoon.
The researchers warn that the findings do not suggest that all men are funnier than all women – with many female comedians who are funnier than & # 39; 99. percent of men.
However, some female comedians feel excluded from humor by the findings.
For example, Danish comedian Sofie Hagen tweeted that the study & # 39; f ** king dom & # 39; while the Scottish Eleanor Morton was the & # 39; another boring & # 39; study & # 39;
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Men are on average funnier than women, claim psychologists who have reviewed several previous studies to investigate how funny different people are. Depicted, English comedian Tom Allen
The findings have led some female comedians to feel left out of humor. Danish comedian Sofie Hagen (photo) tweeted, for example, that the study & # 39; f ** king ignorant & # 39; used to be
Psychologist Gil Greengross from Aberystwyth University of Wales and colleagues from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro reviewed 28 previous studies that investigated how funny participants – 5,057 in total – were.
The team also wanted to determine whether the stereotype that men are naturally funnier than women was grounded in reality.
& # 39; This stereotype is shared by both men and women – but the fact that it exists does not of course mean that it is true & # 39 ;, Dr. Greengross wrote in Psychology today.
In many such humor investigations, participants are asked to write a witty caption for a cartoon – which was then anonymized and judged by independent judges.
According to Dr. Greengross's findings showed that, to our best knowledge, men seem to have a higher sense of humor production on average than women. & # 39;
After the existence of confusing factors such as the age of the participant or nationality was excluded, the team discovered that 63 percent of men are funnier than the average woman.
& # 39; The fact that men on average seem funnier than women does not mean that every man is funnier than every single woman, & # 39; he warned.
& # 39; There are many great female comedians such as Sarah Silverman, Tina Fey, Ali Wong and Historically, Lucille Ball, Joan Rivers, and much, much more. & # 39;
& # 39; All of these great comedians are funnier than 99.9 percent of all men. & # 39;
The studies assessed the humor of the participants – for example, by asking them to write a caption that matches a cartoon. Depicted, British comedian Romesh Ranganathan
The team has a number of theories about why humor can lead to a gender gap.
& # 39; It is possible that the view that women are less funny is so pervasive that social forces discourage girls and women from developing and expressing their humor, making a woman less likely to be perceived as funny & # 39 ;, wrote Dr. Greengross.
& # 39; However, there is minimal evidence to support the view that our society prevents women from producing and displaying humor. & # 39;
The researchers warn that the findings do not suggest that all men are funnier than all women – with many female comedians who are funnier than & # 39; 99. percent of men. Depicted, American stand-up comedian and actress Ali Wong
& # 39; On the other hand, the evidence suggests that humor plays an important role in mating, with a strong evolutionary basis, & # 39; added Dr. Greengross.
Women – who bear higher reproduction costs – are generally discriminatory when it comes to choosing a partner, he explained.
Humor is a good proxy for intelligence – which remains a desirable trait in a partner and had been even more important during the hunter-gathering section of human evolution.
Psychologist Gil Greengross from Aberystwyth University of Wales and colleagues from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro have reviewed 28 previous studies that investigated how funny participants – about 5,000 in total – were. Depicted, American comedian Tig Notaro
& # 39; Men, on the other hand, prefer women who laugh at their humor, & # 39; wrote Dr. Greengross.
& # 39; That means that men in our evolutionary history probably had to compete harder with other men to impress women with their sense of humor. & # 39;
& # 39; There is sufficient evidence to support this vision and show how important it is for women to find a man with a great sense of humor, while men generally do not place a high value on the production capacity of women to produce humor. & # 39;
Comedian Marina Bye, pictured here with brother or sister Maddy, told Radio 1 Newsbeat that she was researching & # 39; unnecessary & # 39; found and added that & # 39; they could have done something progressive & # 39;
The investigations that the team assessed were only aimed at ordinary people – not at professional comedians.
But comedian Marina Bye told Radio 1 Newsbeat that she & # 39; unnecessary & # 39; found, and added that & # 39; (the researchers) could have done something progressive. & # 39;
& # 39; With comedy, that's the last thing you want, & # 39; she said, worried that the findings might stop women from entering the comedy arena.
& # 39; You want to try the worst and the best comedians because you never know. This study will paralyze courage. & # 39;
Stand-up comedian Eleanor Morton, pictured here with MP Ed Milliband, also rejected the investigation. & # 39; It's just another boring & # 39; study & # 39; claiming that women don't have to be funny to find a partner, so we are not. Nothing new, & she tweeted
Stand-up comedian Eleanor Morton also rejected the investigation.
& # 39; It's just another boring & # 39; study & # 39; claiming that women don't have to be funny to find a partner, so we are not. Nothing new, & she tweeted.
& # 39; I actually think it is more likely and interesting that many men actively seek out partners that they don't think are funny, because Mama said they were the funniest little boy in the world and their ego couldn't treaties that they were wrong. & # 39;
& # 39; There is a difference between being good at writing jokes (a skill that anyone can LEARN) and being funny (some people are, some people aren't), & # 39; added the Danish comedian Sofie Hagen.
& # 39; There are awesome joke writers who aren't those funny and funny people who couldn't write a joke. & # 39;
The full findings of the study were published in the Journal of Research in Personality.
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