Thank god I am not funny  

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7/10/2006 6:59 am

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Thank god I am not funny

MEN DON'T WANT FUNNY WOMEN
(Reuters) - Women value a good sense of humor in a potential male partner, even if his jokes are crass. But men don't rate humor so highly in women, new research shows. It's a trait often requested in lonely hearts ads and scientists have now shown that a good sense of humor is important for women, but not men, in choosing a romantic partner. A woman is even willing to overlook other shortcomings in a man if he can make her laugh, North American researchers say in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior. "Our results suggest that humor can positively affect desirability as a relationship partner but this effect is most likely to occur when men use humor and are evaluated by women," says Dr. Eric Bressler. Bressler and Canadian researcher Dr. Sigal Balshine, demonstrated in an experiment that a good sense of humor does make a difference. They showed groups of women pictures of two equally attractive men and presented autobiographical statements that were either funny or serious. After reversing the experiment and showing groups of men photographs of two women, they asked both sexes to select who they would choose as a romantic partner. The humorous people were seen as more socially adept but less trustworthy, honest and intelligent. Men did not select the funny person but women did. "Women chose funny men as relationship partners despite often rating them as less honest and intelligent," the researchers say. Funny men were preferred even if their humor was unsophisticated, the researchers add.


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