Humor is no longer that

  •  November 26, 2020


Humor is no longer that

Watching an old Brawler movie may not please you as much as before. For those in another phase, the scruffy situations that caused so much laughter are not funny at all. According to a study, mood changes with age.

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A study by Akron University (United States) on longevity, published in the journal Psychology and Aging, proves what we could already intuit. The perception of what is funny changes over time.

To substantiate this thesis, the study's professor of psychology, Jennifer Stanley, interviewed 30 young people, 22 people about 45 and 29 seniors.

Everyone was shown excerpt from the show The office, among other sitcoms. Volunteers should rate how socially acceptable the jokes presented by the programs would be. Through an electromyography, the contractions of his facial muscles were also analyzed.


The finding was that the older we get, the less likely we are to be amused by aggressive humor - like laughing at someone who slips on a banana peel or gets a pie in the face.

From 64 to 84 years old, The office was considered 23% less funny compared to the "forties"; and 19% less funny compared to 17 to 21 years old. Already the youngest delight in the misfortune of others.

The explanation lies in a possible emotional connection. Older people expect more kindness from others, while younger people are all the time in a competitive environment - be it sports, the profession and even love.

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