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Study Claims ‘Men Are Funnier Than Women’, But Not Everyone Is Laughing

The Researchers Conducted The Study Looking At The Results Of Various Studies In Which People Were Asked To Rate Men And Women's Humour - Without Knowing Their Sex First.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Chanshimla Varah | Updated on: 05 Nov 2019, 12:09:23 PM
Study Claims ‘Men Are Funnier Than Women’

New Delhi:

And….the endless battle of the sexes continue! A new study that is not going to leave everyone please claims that men are funnier than women. The researchers conducted the study looking at the results of various studies in which people were asked to rate men and women's humour - without knowing their sex first and found that 63% of men were funnier than the average woman.

The researchers however cautioned that the findings do not suggest all men are funnier than all women and with women comedians such as Danish comedian Sofie Hagen have blasted the study calling it 'f**king ignorant', while Scotland's Eleanor Morton called it 'another boring "study" '.

Marina Bye also added that the the study feels "unnecessary".

"With comedy that's the last thing you want," she told Radio 1 Newsbeat.

"I really think it's unnecessary to do this study. They could've done something progressive’’ she added.

Calling out the stereotypical saying that men are innately funnier than women, Dr Greengross wrote in Psychology Today,

'This stereotype is shared by both men and women — but of course, just because it exists does not mean it is true’.

According to Dr Greengross, the findings revealed that, 'to the best of our knowledge, on average, men appear to have higher humour production ability than women.'

'The fact that men, on average, appear to be funnier than women, does not imply that every single man is funnier than every single woman,' he cautioned.

'There are many great female comedians such as Sarah Silverman, Tina Fey, Ali Wong and historically, Lucille Ball, Joan Rivers, and many, many more.'

'All these great comedians are funnier than 99.9 per cent of all men.' 

Psychologist Gil Greengross of Wales' Aberystwyth University and colleagues from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro who reviewed 28 past studies that investigated how funny participants were also came up with an explanation between humour and gender gap.

'It is possible that the view that women are less funny is so pervasive that societal forces discourage girls and women from developing and expressing their humour, making a woman less likely to be perceived as funny,' wrote Dr Greengross.

'There is, however, minimal evidence to support the view that our society suppresses women from producing and exhibiting humour.' 

'On the other hand, the evidence does suggest that humour plays a major role in mating, with a strong evolutionary basis,' Dr Greengross added.





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First Published : 05 Nov 2019, 12:09:23 PM

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