kids don't think sarcasm is funny
I got this link courtesy of Musashi...it sems that a recent study shows that children under 10 aren't usually equipped to percieve the humor--or insults--sarcastic comments are intended to convey.
The results have implications for everything from the content of children’s television programming to interpreting bullying behavior, University of Calgary psychologist Penny Pexman said on Thursday.
“Our study suggests that the 5-year-olds are beginning to understand the simplest form of sarcasm and are getting better at it, but still by the age of eight they really don’t find it funny, so there’s still a dissociation there,” said Pexman, who has been studying sarcasm for the past six years.
“They can appreciate that the person means the opposite of what they’re saying, but they don’t find it humorous.”