Singaporeans are the most emotionless

Channel News Asia reported that Singapore is ranked as the most emotionless society in the world. Yet another honor our country of 5 million clinch.

Singapore has been ranked as the most emotionless society in the world, according to a Bloomberg News report on a Gallup survey.

“If you measure Singapore by the traditional indicators, they look like one of the best-run countries in the world,” Gallup partner Jon Clifton was quoted by Bloomberg as saying. “But if you look at everything that makes life worth living, they’re not doing so well.”

According to the report, not many Singaporeans answered “yes” to negative questions, and to questions measuring happiness, such as, had they smiled yesterday, had they learnt something interesting or felt respected or well-rested?

Only 36 per cent of Singaporeans responded affirmatively to either the positive or negative questions.

According to Gallup’s research, only 2 per cent of the country’s workers feel engaged by their jobs. The global average is 11 per cent.

So is it true? That Singaporeans are emotionless? I will claim that our lives are too stable and we don’t face enough ups and downs to sway our emotions in either directions. Also, Singaporeans aren’t assertive enough. This might lead to people just kinda sit on the fence on questions like this.

The weakness of open-source projects

Note the difference between the way Apple and open-source community does things. GNOME is just not cool enough.

This is what Apple iChat looks like in one of Apple’s site:

Apple iChat user interface
Apple iChat user interface

Apple essentially have gotten some happy people in their screenshot. At least they look happy too me.

And this is how GNOME Empathy looks like as one of GNOME’s screenshots:

GNOME Empathy screenshot
GNOME Empathy screenshot

GNOME got 2 guys who appears not to have been that pleased with being selected for a screenshot demo. Granted both Apple and GNOME likes the racial diversity.

Open-source major weakness is with marketing, or rather the lack of. Now I really empathize…