Study says “Dad jokes” help kids develop into healthy adults

Want to help your kids' development? Get your dad jokes ready!
Father and son sitting on the couch laughing
Father and son sitting on the couch laughing Photo credit Getty Images/Koldunova_Anna

Score one for all the dads out there!

All those jokes that make your children roll their eyes, they actually are helping them grow into healthier adults!

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Humor researcher Marc Hye-Knudsen published a study in British Psychological Society‘s journal this week arguing that "dad jokes" actually have a positive effect on development.

Hye-Knudsen wrote, “When considered properly, dad jokes are an intricately multi-layered and fascinating phenomenon that reveals a lot not just about how humor and joke-telling work but also about fathers’ psychology and their relationships with their children.”

Hye-Knudsen also suggests that when fathers embarrass their children with unfunny jokes, it teaches them how to overcome awkwardness.

He writes, "By continually telling their children jokes that are so bad that they’re embarrassing, fathers may push their children’s limits for how much embarrassment they can handle.

"They show their children that embarrassment isn’t fatal."

So dads, embarrass your kids with your terrible jokes, it’ll help them grow!

"You’re partaking in a long and proud tradition, and your embarrassingly awful jokes may even do them some good," Hye-Knudsen concludes.

"Keep repeating the same old stale puns, year-in and year-out."

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