When two strangers meet, finding someone who appreciates your sense of humour is valuable in its own right. Men use humour to gauge if women are interested in them.

"Men are trying to get women to show their cards. For some men, it is a conscious strategy," said Jeffrey Hall, associate professor of communication studies at University of Kansas.

When men make jokes and women laugh, they may be performing a script in courtship. Men acting like jokers and women laughing along may be part of it, too."The script is powerful and it is enduring, and it dictates everything from asking someone out to picking up the tab," Hall noted.

"If you meet someone who you can laugh with, it might mean your future relationship is going to be fun and filled with good cheer," Hall added.



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