Friday, November 23, 2012

It's About Right

According to a new Gallup poll recently, Singapore has been ranked as the world's least emotional country. When asked questions such as "Did you feel well-rested yesterday?", "Were you treated with respect all day yesterday?" and "Did you smile or laugh a lot yesterday?", the survey found that Singaporeans were the least likely to reveal experiencing any emotions at all.

Only a miserly 36% of Singaporeans report feeling positive or negative emotions on a daily basis, compared to 60% in the Philippines. This means a whopping 64% of Singaporeans do not have any positive or negative emotions on a daily basis.

Since the poll was released, a number of Singaporean has expressed their dismay at the poll. Some had called the poll a lie while others say Singaporeans are just conservative, not emotionless.   

I looked at the poll and say…that’s about right.

I personally think the Gallup poll isn’t that far off. I don’t know if we are the least emotional country in the world but certainly we will be among there. Most Singaporeans I know are pretty even keel with some exceptions and if you compare Singaporeans with the foreigners we have in the country, you can easily tell that (no matter which country they are from) foreigners are more expressive of their feelings.

So it’s true, Singaporeans are pretty emotionless compared to others. I don’t have any figures to back it up so I won’t say it’s a fact but… personally I find the Gallup poll about right.

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