What if laughing together was the new swiping right?
hümr is a humor-first dating program in a sea of appearance-first dating apps. When looking for love, many people say they want to meet someone with a good sense of humor.
We may be right to put humor high on our list of desirable qualities; after all, what makes us laugh is a reflection of our deepest held beliefs.
Decades of humor research reveals that having a shared sense of humor results in more successful romantic relationships. Wordplay, absurdist, or dark — it doesn’t matter what type of humor makes you laugh the most, it just matters that you share that same type with your romantic partner.
Looking at the currently booming industry of dating apps brokering our relationships, one must question why their matchmaking algorithms aren’t centered around humor.
Commissioned by Science Gallery for INTIMACY
On view October 18th-February 24th 2019 at Science Gallery Dublin.
On Valentine’s Day, I played hümr matchmaker. Love-seekers took the hümr typing quiz and then were matched to play activities like Slapstick Showdown and OutRAGEous Pitch. I made three romantic matches with the hümr program.
Most people don’t know what type of humor makes them laugh the most.
To my knowledge there are no quantified studies one can take to deduce their sense of humor type. That’s why I created an experimental hümr quiz—this one is designed for 18-25 year old Science Gallery Dublin visitors. What’s your hümr type? Absurdist, bodily, dark, observational, physical, satirical, wordplay or a combination of them?
Referenced Studies + Articles
Humor in romantic relationships: A meta-analysis. (Kevin Hall, 2017)
Relationship-focused humor styles and relationship satisfaction in dating couples: A repeated-measures design (Sara Card + Rod Martin, 2014)
Humor styles and relationship satisfaction in dating couples: Perceived versus self-reported humor styles as predictors of satisfaction (Arnie Cann + Heather B. Davis + Christine L. Zapata, 2011)
Developing a Typology of Humor in Audiovisual Media (Moniek Buijzen + Patti M. Valkenburg, 2004)