Bristol tops smile survey
Smiling is good for our health yet some of us seldom smile. A recent survey of smiles found that how much we smile depends on the town in which we live. A team of psychology students smiled at people and logged their responses in 14 UK cities. They counted the number of people returning a smile for every 100 people smiled at (table). The study was part of a Comic Relief fundraising campaign and took place in December 2002.
According to the survey's smileometer, if you smile at 100 people, 70 people will smile back at you in Bristol, 68 in Glasgow and only 4 in Edinburgh. Do not expect too many smiles from London as well, where only 18 people out of 100 returned a smile from the researchers.
Pat Spugin, the social psychologist who led the research, thinks that smiling was “partly determined by social setting and context.”