Are men funnier than women? Yes, according to gender stereotype, arguing an evolutionary selective advantage akin to a peacock’s gaudy feathers in attracting mates. Not so, says a recent study published in the Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. Using a gender blind New Yorker cartoon captioning contest, researchers from UCSD concluded that men were only a “skosh” funnier than women (by 0.11 points out of a possible 5). Even that advantage came largely from men, who rated other men funnier than women did. Plenty of lolz from the article itself!
“Sad for the guys,” Christenfeld said, “who think that by being funny they will impress the ladies, but really just impress other men who want to impress the ladies.” snark
The difference in self-assessment was greater than the actual difference detected by the contest. “Male confidence, in this domain at least,” the researchers write, “does seem to outstrip male competence.” ouch
Lead author (Laura) Mickes declined to make any funny comments because they’d be attributed to her male coauthors anyway. hahaha