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Britishers losing their sense of humour

world Updated: Oct 09, 2010 00:53 IST

Britons laugh less and less as they get older and become grumpy at the age of 52, a new study has claimed.

Researchers also found that the art of joke telling is dying, with the average Briton able to crack only two gags. And, a miserable 14 per cent of them claim never to have told. a joke at all.

Britons chuckle 300 times a day as children but only six times a day by the time they become stroppy teenagers, the study found.

Young adults in their 20s laugh only four times daily but having children appears to restore a sense of humour for a while. The average rises to five laughs for 30-somethings with almost half — 47 per cent — citing children as the cause, the Daily Express reported.

But by 50, Britons laugh just three times a day as they start to lose their sense of humour.

In fact, men get grumpier than women as they age. Twice as many men as women in their 50s and four times as many in their 60s said they were too preoccupied planning retirement to see the funny side of things.

The study is based on a survey of 2,000 Britons carried out by Glamorgan University.