The best predictor of whether you will get sex, is more likely to be your ability to turn a phrase into a joke, than your ability to curl a dumbbell into a bicep.
Jeremy: “Would you like to come meditate at my house?”
Don: “Nah-mah-stay right here…”
Image: Jeremy Britton & Don Tolman, photo by Harri K Connex
A good sense of humour is sexually attractive, perhaps because it reveals intelligence, creativity, and other ‘good genes’ or ‘good parent’ traits.
If so, intelligence should predict humour production ability, which in turn should predict mating success.
In this study, 400 university students (200 men and 200 women) completed measures of abstract reasoning (Raven’s Advanced Progressive Matrices), verbal intelligence (the vocabulary subtest of the Multidimensional Aptitude Battery), humour production ability (rated funniness of captions written for three cartoons), and mating success (from the Sexual Behaviors and Beliefs Questionnaire).
Structural equation models showed that general and verbal intelligence both predict humour production ability, which in turn predicts mating success, such as lifetime number of sexual partners. Also, males showed higher average humour production ability. These results suggest that the human sense of humour evolved at least partly through sexual selection as an intelligence-indicator.
► Test if a humour is an intelligence indicator that translates into mating success.
► On average, males were funnier than women.
► Humour mediates the effect of intelligence on mating success for both sexes.
Source: “Humor ability reveals intelligence, predicts mating success, and is higher in males” from Intelligence
#peoplebesayin’ “Make yourself at home”, but then totally lose their shit when I sit on the couch naked and eat all their donuts… #butyousaid
Takeaway Lesson #1 — don’t watch porn or workout videos to try to get more sex. Watch some comedy, have a laugh, and if you if you want to lay down with that special someone, first work on your private “standup” routine.
Image: Jeremy Britton, photo from Instagram.com/24hourwealthcoach
NB: Americans spell “humour” as “humor” and “behaviour” as “behavior”, hence the titular differences above. The traditional English spelling of humour, behaviour, colour and flavour is preferred, as there is no such language as “US-English” and the movie “Idiocracy” should be a warning, not a prophecy.