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The importance of humor in a relationship

Humor is an important part of a relationship.

Humor is an important part of a relationship.

How important is it if a guy can make you laugh? For many women and men, it can actually be a deal breaker. 

According to a recent survey conducted by American University, humor is a key factor in human "sexual selection." After conducting a series of tests on blind dates, research found that men and women who laughed at the same time were most likely to be romantically interested in one another.

Part of the study was also conducted between the personas of men and women by looking at each person's Facebook profile. During this part of the study, 35 men and women explored the profiles of 100 strangers.

After sifting through their pictures, wall posts and tags, many agreed that men and women who posted similar amounts of "humorous content" were thought to be more extroverted and intelligent than their counterparts. 

"Shared laughter might be a pathway toward developing a more long-lasting relationship," said Jeffrey Hall, an associate professor of Communication Studies at the University of Kansas. 

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