A Study Reveals That Your Level of Loneliness Depends on How Honest You Are
Most of us can have about 50 friends — they are people you would want to invite to a personal event like a wedding, according to anthropologist Robin Dunbar. But do not get upset if you can hardly find that many friends to celebrate your birthday. It surely doesn’t mean that something is wrong with you. Apparently, it means that you are a person with high morals.
We at Bright Side couldn’t understand this connection until we dove deeper into the study. It seems pretty convincing, and we believe you need to take a look at it.
Do you consider yourself a person with high moral values? If your answer is yes, you are more likely to be socially unpopular. Scientists from the University of Washington revealed that morally-focused people tend to be less humorous. And this is the reason why others don’t like them that much.
The researchers conducted 4 experiments to prove their point. Over the course of steps 1 and 2 they discovered that virtuous people did not appreciate or make jokes that violated their values. This happens because these people doubt their own ethics while laughing at inappropriate humor. And it proves that morality stifles a sense of humor.
But as we all know, having a funny bone can be pretty handy. Humorous people are believed to be more intelligent, amusing, and friendly. Some specialists say that this is the glue of friendship. Moreover, it can also predict the success of your relationships.
In an additional series of experiments researchers collected data about moral identity from 70 employees. Afterward, their coworkers rated the participants’ sense of humor and indicated how much they liked them, as well as their popularity among other coworkers. The results confirmed that morally-focused employees were considered less humorous and less popular among their peers.
So, if you are not able to poke some fun from time to time, you might have problems with making friends because you probably seem unfriendly and stand-offish.
Can you confirm or knock the bottom out of this study with a personal example?
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