Sarcasm has been no doubt been in use since the dawn of humanity, with most languages have their own forms of sarcasm. Sarcasm is a form of humor, an ironic statement that can be considered either funny or rude depending on the delivery of the comment as well as the situation. Humor can be a powerful tool in the arsenal of a communicator because if used at the wrong time, you can make a terrible impression. This can be awful for the artist whose job it is, is to reach people with their work. Imagine not being able to reach someone on a personal level because that’s what it equates to when you can’t joke around with someone. There’s this barrier between the speaker and the listener and no matter what, it’s not easy to communicate with someone who can’t understand language on a basic level.
People who aren’t able to use or understand sarcasm are often seen as not culturally fluent. That’s because sarcasm is considered a vital part of language which is a source of human bonding. So if a person can’t effectively use language, they therefore, can’t bond as well. As writers, it is our job to connect and we can’t do that if our statements aren’t clear. So does that mean writers should stop using sarcasm? That’s a complicated question.
Images of Sarcastic People
Believe it or not, not everyone enjoys sarcastic language. In fact, a survey was done on U.S. Southern college kids and only 35% of respondents said they like sarcasm, not only that, they found it often unnecessary. This is probably because sarcasm can be viewed as passive aggressive and used only by the timid, while others see it as threatening or subversive.
So what does this mean for those of us who love sarcasm, does this mean we’re doomed to censorship? Well no, remember sarcasm is a way to connect with people on a deeper level, and not everyone you meet is going to connect with you or even want to. That’s their right. However on the flip side, you honestly weren’t put on this earth to connect with ever single creature. It’s impossible.
The Consequences Of Not Understanding Sarcasm
Over the past few years, scientists have conducted studies which suggest those who have trouble understanding sarcasm may have a certain form of dementia called, frontotemporal dementia. It’s believed that the brain is dysfunctional or damaged when it can’t detect insincere statements or humor.
In a Canadian study, children as young as six years old are reported to be able to detect sarcasm in conversation. Needless to say, if a loved one is not understanding obvious sarcasm, you might want to take them to the doctor.
Making The World A Better & Healthier Place
It’s been proven that the brain works much harder to decipher lies and sarcasm. So instead of seeing yourself as a smartass, see yourself more like a physical trainer, making people workout their brains. Who better than a writer to take up that challenge? So today, I am challenging you to take your sarcasm, your humor, and your spirit and go out into the world to make it friendlier and funnier place. Humanity is depending on you! No, really! 😉