Oct 01, 2013

    'Emotionless' S'pore snaps back to life

    JUST a year ago, Singapore was ranked the world's most emotionless society in a Gallup survey.

    In a major turnaround, it has now been singled out as the country which has recorded the biggest surge in "positive emotions" in the latest edition of the same survey, said an online report by The Straits Times.

    According to the findings released yesterday, 70 per cent of respondents here reported more positive emotions last year, compared to 46 per cent the year before.

    The country recorded the biggest jump among the 143 countries and areas surveyed by the international polling firm.

    That catapulted Singapore from the bottom of the table in the 2011 study to the top half of the "positive" league of nations.

    Gallup attributed the upswing in positive emotions to the "unprecedented attention" given to the 2011 study, which could have influenced how Singaporeans responded to the latest survey.

    It noted: "Perhaps the most significant contributing factor to the increase was the unprecedented attention leaders and the media gave the findings last year."

    Latin American nations Paraguay and Venezuela continued to top the index, while places like Syria and Iraq were ranked the lowest.