/ 24 October 2023

Ain’t nothing funny about love


Conventional wisdom states that women find funny men attractive – how else do you explain comedian Pete Davidson’s extensive dating history? But the claim isn’t true, according to new research from Queensland Uni. They analysed more than 40 hours of dates between 800 couples, noting down any sign of humour. And what they found was that for both men and women, there was no correlation between funniness and perceived attractiveness. And those who tried too hard to be funny on a date reduced their chances of getting a second date. The findings contradict previous studies as well as people’s own stated dating preferences. While women claimed to be attracted to funny men and men claimed to be attracted to women who laughed at their jokes, those who fit the mould were no more lucky in love. As Pete would know, fame and fortune might help…

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