According to a recent study from the University of Kansas: “men might want to ditch the pickup lines and polish their punchlines in their quest to attract women… research has found the when two strangers meet, the more times a man tries to be funny and the more a woman laughs at those attempts, the more likely the woman is interested in the man. When both laugh together, it’s an even better indication of a romantic connection.”
Jeffrey Hall, associate professor of communication studies, discovered that: “If you meet someone who you can laugh with, it might mean your future relationship is going to be fun and filled with good cheer.”
Based upon his studies, Hall offers 4 explanations for why humor is so important in finding partners:
- Humor indicates that a potential partner has a sociable and agreeable personality due in part, to the ability to joke along with others.
- Men use humor to test the waters to find out if women are interested in them. “Men are trying to get women to show their cards,” Hall said.
- When men make jokes and women laugh, it’s kind of like a courtship dance or “script.” According to Hall: “the script is powerful … and it dictates everything from asking someone out to picking up the tab.”
- And finally, there’s humor for humor’s sake. “Shared laughter might be a pathway toward developing a more long-lasting relationship,” Hall said.
So, next time you are looking on a date or filling out that online dating questionnaire, you might want to throw in a few good one-liners!
ScienceDaily: University of Kansas. “Laughter, then love: Study explores why humor is important in romantic attraction.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 3 September 2015.
- J. A. Hall. Sexual Selection and Humor in Courtship: A Case for Warmth and Extroversion. Evolutionary Psychology, 2015; 13 (3) DOI:10.1177/1474704915598918
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