Laughter plays a huge role in personal happiness and helping create lasting and meaningful relationships. In honor of National Humor Month, SKOUT – an online app that helps people meet new friends and create new relationships, has released fascinating survey data of its members showing just how important it is to take the time to laugh.
As reported on by PRNewswire, the results of the survey showed that laughter can actually help people meet new friends. While it may be difficult to convey laughter online, SKOUT took a look at profile pictures that depicted laughter. The results were fascinating – individuals who had profile pictures of themselves laughing were favorited 404% more times than then users who did not have laughing pictures. Likewise, laughing individuals made 234% more connections than the average SKOUT user. This goes to show just how important that laughing in meeting new people and the development of relationships.
Along with the study of how laughing in profile pictures affected people’s relationship development, SKOUT also conducted a survey that uncovered some more interesting statistics about humor and relationships. One of the more interesting parts of the survey is that 75% of individuals who were surveyed thing that they are funny. Likewise, people who classify their sense of humor as ‘witty’ tend to think that they are the funniest.
Another interesting bit of information that came from the survey is that people don’t necessarily think that clowns are funny. They survey polled people and found out that 30% of people are afraid of clowns. Interestingly, people who classify their sense of humor as ‘sarcastic’ are more likely than others to be afraid of clowns.
There were some interesting regional statistics on humor as well. It turns out that people from New York and San Francisco are very confident that they are funny, with 83% of them saying that they can easily make others laugh. Houstonians are more likely to help you have some fun, with 100% of them saying that they like to make people laugh.
Whether it’s in New York, San Francisco, or anywhere in between, this survey by SKOUT goes to show that being happy and laughing is a crucial part of making and keeping friends. Laughter just might be more important for improving health than was thought. For more information on the results of the survey, check out the original report on PRNewswire.