According to a new
poll recently, Singapore
has been ranked as the world's least emotional country. When asked questions
such as "Did you feel well-rested yesterday?", "Were you treated
with respect all day yesterday?" and "Did you smile or laugh a lot
yesterday?", the survey found that Singaporeans were the least
likely to reveal experiencing any emotions at all.
Only a miserly 36% of Singaporeans report feeling positive or negative emotions on a daily basis, compared to 60% in the
This means a whopping 64% of Singaporeans do not have any positive or negative
emotions on a daily basis.
Since the poll was released, a number of Singaporean has expressed their dismay at the poll. Some had called the poll a lie while others say Singaporeans are just conservative, not emotionless.
I looked at the poll and say…that’s about right.
I personally think the
poll isn’t that far off. I don’t know if we are the least emotional country in
the world but certainly we will be among there. Most Singaporeans I know are
pretty even keel with some exceptions and if you compare Singaporeans with the
foreigners we have in the country, you can easily tell that (no matter which
country they are from) foreigners are more expressive of their feelings.
So it’s true, Singaporeans are pretty emotionless compared to others. I don’t have any figures to back it up so I won’t say it’s a fact but… personally I find the
poll about right.