Singapore folk get emotional over survey

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LEAST ‘EMO’ CITY STATE. Singaporeans are the world’s most emotionless people said US-based pollster Gallup in a report on its three-year study conducted in more than 150 countries. The Philippines came out as the most emotional society in the world, with six out of 10 Filipino respondents saying that they experience a lot of both positive and negative feelings daily. Latin American countries meanwhile dominated the top of the list when it came to experiencing positive emotions.

SINGAPORE—Blame their city state’s competitive culture for leaving them no room for feelings, Singaporeans said in reaction to a survey that depicted them as the world’s most emotionless people.

“Singaporeans are the least likely in the world to report experiencing emotions of any kind on a daily basis,” US-based pollster Gallup said in a report on its three-year study conducted in more than 150 countries.

The Philippines came out as the most emotional society in the world, with six out of 10 Filipino respondents saying that they experience a lot of both positive and negative feelings daily. Latin American countries meanwhile dominated the top of the list when it came to experiencing positive emotions.

The report got prominent coverage in Singapore, one of the world’s wealthiest and most stable societies, and set off some strong reactions.

“Where got time to laugh? Wake up, must fight for place on trains, lunch time, must fight for place to sit down and eat, go home, must fight for place on trains,” Edward Alexzandra Peters wrote on Facebook.

 

‘Stressful’

Commented Kok Leong on Yahoo! Singapore: “It’s so stressful to be living in Singapore. Our mind is all about $$$—how to survive, how to raise family, tax, etc. Nothing is free here.”

Another comment noted:  “We have everything, and yet we have nothing. No one in this country actually lives life to the fullest; we merely exist. To our government, we are nothing more than a statistic.”

A post by Melody on Twitter went: “How can Singaporeans be the most emotionless in the world when they complain the most every day? I’m baffled.”

Gallup said it surveyed about 1,000 respondents 15 years old and above in each country annually between 2009 and 2011. Respondents were asked if they felt five positive and five negative emotions the previous day.

The negative feelings were anger, stress, sadness, physical pain, and worry, while the positive emotions were feeling well-rested, being treated with respect, enjoyment, smiling and laughing a lot, and learning or doing something interesting.

Only 36 percent of Singaporeans said they felt any of the emotions, Gallup said.

Negative emotions

Negative emotions are highest in the Middle East and North Africa, with Iraq, Bahrain, and the Palestinian Territories leading the world in negative daily experiences. Latin America leads the world when it comes to positive emotions, with Panama, Paraguay, and Venezuela at the top of the list.

Behavioral indicators such as positive and negative emotions are a vital measure of a society’s wellbeing, with leaders worldwide starting to incorporate such indicators into the metrics they use to evaluate their countries.  Like behavioral scientists, they’ve realized that traditional economic indicators like GDP do not, and cannot, quantify the human condition.

While higher incomes may improve people’s emotional well-being, they can only do so to a certain extent.

Nobel Prize-winning economist Daniel Kahneman and Princeton economist Angus Deaton found that after US individuals make $75,000 annually, additional income will have little meaningful effect on how they experience their lives.

The Gallup survey suggests that Singapore’s leadership would be well-advised to include wellbeing in its overall strategies if it is going to further improve the lives of its citizenry.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/E5E4CZLYO37GPV3YXK3IFIMZ24 Bae A Sindaw

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/E5E4CZLYO37GPV3YXK3IFIMZ24 Bae A Sindaw

    Don’t forget that the being emotional of the Filipinos brought many tourist in the Philippines. Filipinos are humble according to most foreigners.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    PILIPINAS AY UNSAFE SA MGA TURISTA AT MALILIIT NA NEGOSYO AT NAKAKATAKOT MAG LAKAD MAG ISA BAKA MA PATAY KA”” UNSAFE SABI NG MGA AMERICANO”

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    ANG PILIPINAS AY EMOTIONAL DASPERADO PAGIGING TAMBAY” GUTOM”’ UNSAFE SA MGA TURISTA AT MALILIT NA NEGOSYO”

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    SINGAPORE PINAKA MAYAMAN BANSA KUNG SAAN BINIBITAY ANG MAG NANAKAW AT KAWATAN SA GOBYERNO”’ PILIPINAS BABY ANG CRIMINAL”

  • Pablo316

    Singaporeans are just living out their mere existence here on earth preoccupied with temporal things, this is typical with atheistic societies such as western european countries and even mentioned in the Bible as it is written:
     
    ”So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:31-34)
     
    At the end of the day, this Singaporeans will realize what King Solomon did:
     
    ”I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” (Ecclesiastes 1:14)
     
    ”Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 2:11)
     
    Nevertheless King Solomon concluded with the following, which everyone should take heed to:
     
    ”Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment,including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)
     
    God bless!

  • DestronLeader

    Gross national happiness as a measure. We have King Jigme Singye Wangchuck to thank for this concept.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2JVSEXTMANAEZGLOSZGWJYW67Q Jess

    Wake up call for Singaporeans. Do you want to be millionaires but emotional freaks? Lots of money but unhappy. If you don’t make money in Singapore, you are useless. Look at the aging senior population still working at the airports. Poor dear!! The government declares when you can have babies, when you can get married etc. You feel every Singaporean has micro chips implanted in their brains by the government when they were born. And they behave like programmed robots. Wow! And yet, they are very proud! They think they speak the best English in Southeast Asia. Singlish, “What to do?” I was talking to some Singaporean girls, “We don’t want husbands. They are hindrances to work and productivity. We just want to have a baby.”

    I hope the PHilippines will not use Sing as a model of development. 

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