It Pays to be Sarcastic in the Gay Community

I don’t need to tell you the gay community is full of sarcastic assholes — I’m one of them!

There’s nothing wrong with bringing out your inner Miranda Priestly from time to time, especially when there’s no other escape from the stupidity surrounding you. But for all the people out there with their patience at the tip of their tongue, did you know while you’re being sarcastic, you’re also giving your brain the workout of its life?

According to Dr. Shamay-Tsoory, a psychologist at the Rambam Medical Centre in Haifi and the University of Haifi, the ability to understand sarcasm depends on a carefully orchestrated sequence of cognitive skills in specific parts of the brain. Being able to translate a person’s feelings beyond the literal meanings of the words they use makes you more susceptible to solve complex problems.

The brain, which navigates sarcasm and irony also processes language, recognizes emotions, and helps us understand social cues.

Electrical activity goes a mile a minute whenever we’re exposed to sarcasm and irony, making our brains work harder to understand what it is we’re hearing in other areas. This skill is perfected not just when we practice it, but when we’re around it.

So when you ask your roommate how her day was and she says, “Oh, it was a ball of laughs,” but you know she means the complete opposite, you’ve just done a mental jumping jack. Weird, huh?

You might not be surprised to hear this. After all, sarcastic people already know we’re smarter than most, which is why we express it in humbler ways. It’s easier than screaming it from the mountaintops.

The gay community is full of sarcasm and everyone has fun putting in their two cents. That being said, I can’t help but wonder: Are gay people smarter than your average straight person? It makes sense!

If there’s one thing everyone might agree to, it’s that gay guys run the world. While the sexy ladies are at the front of the regiment, it’s us who’ve pushed them there. We’ve taught our sass to them, put them on a pedestal (and we’ve made them look fabulous doing it), but it’s all good. I’m not mad. I’m totally okay with it… I’m being sarcastic of course.

There is something to be said about how much sarcasm we use in our day-to-day lives. Basically everything that begins in our brain is affected by consistent wordplay. Perhaps it’s the reason why we know what true compassion is.

Empathy, wit, creativity, humor, connoisseurship and everything else might be a result — all of which involve a heightened level of objective thinking.

Of course I might be wrong, but I’m never wrong about the benefits of sarcasm. People who don’t know how to communicate properly will always end up being victims of their own success. When sarcasm is done right, the entire room should be laughing. Take it as a sign.

Let your dry humor show. Who knows, it might be the only thing keeping you from going crazy in this insane world.

David Artavia

Writer

David lives in New York City, where he acts, writes and lives vicariously through his friends.

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