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I was surprised how shy you all were on the subject of female aggression earlier in the week"¦ but maybe this will get you talking: a new study on the use of humor in relationships is the cover story of this month's Psychology Today.

According to the article, the men who participated in the study "on average perceived more humor in the couples' conversations, but the women produced more humor, contradicting the stereotype that men are the funnier sex."

This doesn't surprise me at all, seeing as the funniest person I know is one of my best female friends. But the following points from the article did surprise me, because they do seem more or less stereotypical. We'd love to know what you all think about this:

Women tend to use humor as a way of enhancing the relationship

Men may use it to enhance their own persona

At a family dinner, for example, a woman may retell a story of a comic moment they all shared last Thanksgiving. A man might be more likely to treat the guests as his audience and play for laughs.

Men like jokes and slapstick better than women

Women tend to find more humor in collaborative storytelling

After the jump, check out some interesting laughing facts, courtesy of our friends over at Howstuffworks.com:

The average adult laughs 17 times a day

When you laugh, fifteen facial muscles contract and stimulation of the zygomatic major muscle (the main lifting mechanism of your upper lip) occurs.

The physiological study of laughter has its own name -- gelotology

People are 30 times more likely to laugh in social settings than when they are alone (and without pseudo-social stimuli like television).

Even nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, loses much of its oomph when taken in solitude, according to German psychologist Willibald Ruch.

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Netflix's Most-Binged Shows of 2017, Ranked
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Netflix might know your TV habits better than you do. Recently, the entertainment company's normally tight-lipped number-crunchers looked at user data collected between November 1, 2016 and November 1, 2017 to see which series people were powering through and which ones they were digesting more slowly. By analyzing members’ average daily viewing habits, they were able to determine which programs were more likely to be “binged” (or watched for more than two hours per day) and which were more often “savored” (or watched for less than two hours per day) by viewers.

They found that the highest number of Netflix bingers glutted themselves on the true crime parody American Vandal, followed by the Brazilian sci-fi series 3%, and the drama-mystery 13 Reasons Why. Other shows that had viewers glued to the couch in 2017 included Anne with an E, the Canadian series based on L. M. Montgomery's 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables, and the live-action Archie comics-inspired Riverdale.

In contrast, TV shows that viewers enjoyed more slowly included the Emmy-winning drama The Crown, followed by Big Mouth, Neo Yokio, A Series of Unfortunate Events, GLOW, Friends from College, and Ozark.

There's a dark side to this data, though: While the company isn't around to judge your sweatpants and the chip crumbs stuck to your couch, Netflix is privy to even your most embarrassing viewing habits. The company recently used this info to publicly call out a small group of users who turned their binges into full-fledged benders:

Oh, and if you're the one person in Antarctica binging Shameless, the streaming giant just outed you, too.

Netflix broke down their full findings in the infographic below and, Big Brother vibes aside, the data is pretty fascinating. It even includes survey data on which shows prompted viewers to “Netflix cheat” on their significant others and which shows were enjoyed by the entire family.

Netflix infographic "The Year in Bingeing"
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