Dark Humor Research Update #3: Basic Result Analysis

Hello Everyone! As promised in my last post, I have went through my data from the survey and prepared it into a report that I have attached to this post. The report consists of a basic analysis of the data, to describe the results that were collected.

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Dark Humor Research Update #2

I have just closed my survey after collecting 172 anonymous responses. Out of the 172 responses, 53 respondents completed the entire survey. Although this indicates a completion rate of about 30%, I believe I can still analyze my results with significance since my completed sample size is 53 (Above the generally accepted n = 30 for statistical analysis).

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Summer Research Update!

Recently, I have completed my preliminary research on dark humor and finished designing my survey for the experimental portion of my research.

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The Influence of Exposure to Dark Humor on Individual Perceptions of Social Issues and Tragedy

With this research I propose to explore the relationship that exists between one’s exposure and enjoyment of dark humor and their perception of various social issues and atrocities that are targeted by this form of comedy. Dark humor, also known as black humor, is commonly refers to a form of humor that makes light of topics that are very serious, tragic, or difficult to discuss. I believe it is important to explore the influence dark humor has on the perceptions of contemporary issues such as gun violence, racism, gender inequality, terror, etc. Having an increased understanding of how exposure to content that minimizes the traumatic undertones of events and issues facing society influences individual perceptions of such occurrences would provide valuable insight into the reasons why people may feel comfortable creating or sharing insensitive statements or content. Therefore, the questions I would like to explore through this research are: (1) How do people who enjoy and seek out dark humor perceive the events and issues surrounding these jokes; and (2) Is there any connection between how humorous people perceive dark humor to be and how serious they perceive the issues and tragedies they target.  In the grand scheme of things, these insights may then be applied to the development of strategies to limit the spreading of offensive material on major social media platforms so that young adults, the largest demographic of social media users who will one day be our next leaders and change makers, will respect victims of social issues and events and make more active efforts to prevent such tragedies from occurring again.

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