A hypothetical person who lacks a sense of humour is more likely to engage in conduct that makes him or her unstable, weird, or even reckless. While personal preference plays a role, the degree to which a person finds something amusing is influenced by a number of factors, including geographic location, culture, maturity, amount of education, IQ, and context. Young children, for example, may favour hidden performances such as Punch and Judy puppet shows or Tom and Jerry cartoons because of their physical character. More advanced comedic tactics, such as satire, on the other hand, necessitate an awareness of its social meaning and context, and hence tend to appeal to a more mature audience.

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