LONDON--()--Not only did England beat Brazil at football last night but Brits, reveals a new global study, beat Brazilians in general when it comes to having fun.
“This makes Argentinians the world champions of fun”
This is one finding of the world’s first study to rank nationalities by how often they have fun – conducted by the social networking site, Badoo.com (www.badoo.com), ahead of this week’s start of the famous Rio Carnival and the international carnival season.
But while Brits have more fun than Brazilians, Argentinians have more than anyone.
Badoo asked 17,000, mainly young people in 17 countries and four continents, “How often do you really have fun and a good time?”
The average young Briton, it found, has fun 11.3 days a month – slightly more than young Brazilians, on 10.9 days, but far less than young Argentines, on nearly 15 days a month.
“This makes Argentinians the world champions of fun”, says Louise Thompson, Director of PR for Badoo, a site for chatting, flirting, dating and meeting new people, with over 170 million users across over 180 countries.
“But it’s also a proud result for Britain. If there were a World Cup for Fun, the famously fun-loving Brazilians would surely start favourites. Yet, we British, not famed as funsters, turn out to be having more fun than them.”
The British placed eighth of the 17 nationalities ranked. While we have only slightly more fun than both the Brazilians and the French, we have way more than the Poles, who have least fun of anyone – barely five days a month.
Mexicans ranked second in Badoo’s global fun league, the Turks third. Despite their economic troubles, the Spanish topped the European fun rankings.
“Fun is an essential part of life”, says Louise Thompson. “The ability to have fun is both an art and a talent.”
With the odd exception, Badoo’s findings broadly confirm the expectation that residents of hot, southern countries have more fun than those of cold, northern ones.
“The right climate definitely appears to help”, says Thompson. “But the real secret of having fun seems to be living somewhere hot and speaking Spanish. It’s the perfect combination.”