Singaporeans Are the World’s Least Emotional People

At least it's an award we're pretty sure they won't be getting excited about.

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Not impressed. People ride on a carousel at a Chinese New Year carnival in Singapore

At least it’s an award we’re pretty sure they won’t be getting excited about.

Residents of Singapore are the least emotional people in the world, a survey by international pollster Gallup shows. Only 36% of Singaporeans said they experienced either negative or positive emotions on the day they were asked by the pollsters. This is in contrast to other Southeast Asians — for example, Filipinos, who lead the world in being emotional: 60% of those surveyed in the Philippines said they experienced the specified emotions on a daily basis.

Seven out of the world’s 10 least emotional countries are former parts of the Soviet Union, perhaps unsurprisingly; Americans were sixth most likely to be emotional, tied with Canadians, Peruvians and Costa Ricans.

Singaporeans, living in a multiethnic state that is less than a fourth the size of Rhode Island, don’t have much reason to get verklempt. Per capita GDP stood at $50,000 in 2011, according to Singapore’s Department of Statistics. That’s up $11,000 since the beginning of the economic crisis in 2008.

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According to an earlier Gallup poll, Singaporeans are also among those least likely to experience “anger, stress, worry, sadness and physical pain” on a daily basis. No wonder that the country has recently set the world record for largest cupcake mosaic.

Iraq and the Palestinian territories did worst in that global sadness ranking, along with the strife-torn Middle Eastern Kingdom of Bahrain. The U.S. was in the top 25% for daily negative emotions, according to the pollsters.

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8 comments
KwokLeongRonnieChan
KwokLeongRonnieChan

This survey is untrue. First look at the top 5 countries , Philippines Top ? ? ?  Think about it ? , followed by 2 Latin countries and 2 Middle East countries . Where is Australia , USA , Canada , Thailand ( Land of the Smile ) ? They are all loving peoples . emotional peoples. So the survey conducted is bias and is untrue about Singapore being the worst. On the last survey about the most beautiful country to live in , Philippines came in top spot. Can this be true ? ? ? . This is a big joke. Something is not right. Could this chap be a PINO or PINO Related and using this survey to promote Philippines. Common sense , just look at the tourist arrivals figure there, , you can tell if that country is a good place worth spending your tourist dollars there.

czydiamond
czydiamond

Small wonder. With their highly controlled, authoritarian government, where any individualism is frowned upon, people are going to act more like cogs in a great machine. Employers requiring strict conformance to a set image cause the same thing here. We just aren't quite as bad, yet.

All work and no play does indeed make Jack a dull boy. These days people are either under or unemployed, or on the other side, forced to work way too much overtime or do the work of 2 employees because the boss is too cheap to hire sufficient help.

Steelsil
Steelsil

What it probably means is that Singaporeans do not want to tell stray pollsters the intimate details of their personal feelings, perhaps because of 'face.'

Capri
Capri

Can one say that the bulk of Singaporeans' behaviours are worst than animals - animals do exhibit their emotions for example, when frighten, aggressive?

Capri
Capri

Can we say the big bulk of Singaporeans' behaviours are worst than animals - animals do exhibit their proper emotions when they are  frighten or aggressive for example.

NoahS
NoahS

@KwokLeongRonnieChan It seems to me you are a person with some issues regarding Filipinos. Are you belittling them? Do you think you are superior?This article is not discussing which country is "better" than others. You seems to believe that "emotional" means being better or superior in terms of quality of life and other similar matters; it's not. This article is merely stating findings on a certain aspect of the human character - emotion. Look at Germans for instance. There is a widespread perception out there that Germans are very cold and rational, yet they are one of the most advanced countries and societies in the world in terms of economic prosperity and advancement.Also, why would it be wrong to believe that the Philippines is on top in terms of emotions? Filipinos are emotional people. The article doesn't talk about the "happiest" people, but "emotional" people.You really do look like an emotionally unstable person with issues against Filipinos.You need to grow up.