How imaginary friends could boost children's development
Studies found that 65% of children play with invisible playmates. Children typically start inventing imaginary friends at age three to five.
Children make up imaginary friends to relieve loneliness, especially firstborn or only children. Another reason is to have someone to blame for bad behaviour or mischief.
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Children need socialization to develop a feel for humor. They must understand that they are sharing an experience with another person.
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Children first need to possess a few basic cognitive skills to communicate jokes, such as imagination, the ability to take a different perspective, and language.
These abilities tend to develop at different rates in children and continue to grow and change throughout adolescence and adulthood.
Most types of humour involve the realisation of contradiction, or a mismatch, between a concept and a situation. In other words, we laugh when things surprise us because they are out of place. Even simple games like peek-a-boo have an element of surprise where someone suddenly appears out of nowhere.
Researchers think that communication is essential for humor and that humor facilitates the process of learning a language.