April is National Humor Month. Starting with April Fool's Day and continuing until the end of the month, it's time to find ways to bring laughter to your life and to fill your date card if you're single.
In honor of this humorous month, mobile app SKOUT conducted a survey of 3,372 of their users and found when it comes to matters of the digital heart, there's a reason that endless dating profiles include "must have a sense of humor" listed as a requirement for a potential date.
Sure you want to fall in love with someone who makes you laugh, right?
There's no April fool in this story as laughter is well known as the best medicine, both online and offline.
It's time to go beyond a smile as their humor survey results just might get you to ROTFL as you fill your date card.
Here are 6 key findings of the SKOUT survey.
1. We're Our Own Favorite Comedian
A majority of respondents (75%) think they're funny. SKOUT also found that people with a witty sense of humor are most likely to think that they're funny (81%).
2. No One Likes to Laugh Alone
Who doesn't like making other people laugh? It seems like a majority of SKOUT users agreed and 94% of respondents said they enjoyed making other people laugh.
3. Our Humor Style's Effect on Friendships
If "bathroom humor" and practical jokes are your style, you're most likely to have five or more close friends. However, you're less likely to have five or more close friends if your humor style is more sarcastic or self-deprecating. Be careful of sending those text messages.
4. No Clowning Around
Coulrophobia, a fear of clowns, is a pretty common fear in the U.S., but only 30% of respondents said they were afraid of clowns. The survey found that those who have a sarcastic sense of humor are most likely (37%) to be afraid of clowns. Who knew?
5. Chick Flicks vs. Comedies
When it comes to selecting a movie, the survey found that women were more likely to pass on chick flicks and go for a comedy instead.
Comedy trumped all other movie genres among the women surveyed, with 26% preferring comedy to the 23% that preferred action/adventure, 21% who preferred horror, and 18% who preferred romance movies.
Action and adventure movies were the most common among 43% of men, while comedy came in second as the most popular genre (21%).
6. Laugh It Up With the Locals
The two cities with respondents who were most confident in their sense of humor were New York and San Francisco (83%).
Are you ready to change your zip code for that extra laugh? If so try heading to Houston, Los Angeles, or Atlanta, where almost everyone surveyed said they enjoyed making other people laugh.
It's both April Fool's Day and National Humor Month, so start showing off your sense of humor in your profile. Enlist the help of a few friends to help with your profile or to take photos of you the next time you're rolling on the floor clutching your stomach in a fit of laughter. The candid aspect of the photo will capture you in the moment and you won't look posed or fake.
Now go ahead and start laughing.
Wishing you much love and joy in cyberspace, or wherever you may roam. xo
Julie Spira is America's Top Online Dating and Mobile Dating Expert and has been coaching singles on how to find love on the Internet for over 20 years. Julie's the author of the bestseller, The Perils of Cyber-Dating: Confessions of a Hopeful Romantic Looking for Love Online