Results & Analysis
"More people are getting into this research as they realize how little has been done on it," said Peter Derks, Professor of Psychology, reported in Psychology Today and Health. He went on to say "there's also a greater recognition that humour plays an intrinsic role in our lives and that we can learn a great deal about the human mind if we better understand it."
Our survey has certainly help us better understand how Singaporeans react to humour.
According to the different levels of humour, we had ranked them based on the survey results. Of the 97 males respondents we surveyed, 58% are moderately humourous. Of the 55 female respondents, 66% of them are moderately humourous.
Most Singaporeans laugh easily with friends. More than 70% laugh easily with male or female friends. Where laughing among friends is concerned, there is no distinction between genders.
Why are male jokers funny?
Female respondents surveyed find male jokers funny because their jokes tend to be more descriptive.
Male respondents surveyed find male jokers funny because their jokes are about other people. Male jokes are usually also descriptive and they often laugh at themselves. Based on the survey results, males generally tell jokes not of any particular kind.
Why are female jokers funny?
Looking at the chart, both males and females find that female jokes are funny because they are more about other people. For females, they usually tell jokes of lesser verities, focusing mainly on other people.
Over 95% of all those surveyed agreed that laughter is the best medicine. 73% of the respondents said that although they laugh their problems are not solved. 80% of the respondents see laughter as a temporary relief from their problems. 61% believe that laughter is just a temporary measure. However, 39% feel that laughter is not a temporary measure to solving problems.
We also notice the trend that those who believe laughter is a temporary measure to relieve them, also believes that their problems are not solved after a good laugh.