All I know is that I recall noticing annoyed looks on faces of several other ad hoc audience members when I guffawed at The Simpsons. There was connection, but -- the sort you don't particularly want.
i do that a lot.
difference is, i like those connections just fine. it kind of turns into them laughing at you.
it's been the other way around too. been in a room with someone else who is laughing way too hard and ended up cracking up at them. especially if they aren't even laughing anymore. just turning purple and crying.
seems kind of contrary to 'connection' being the reason when you think about how so many will hide tears when watching something together. doesn't it?
The difference is that one conveys that you are entertaining and know how to have a good time, while another conveys weakness and sadness.
I don't mean to imply that crying actually is a weakness, I am just saying that I can see how thinking that way would lead to not wanting to cry near other people. Plus, you have to open yourself up more to cry in front of people, whereas no one (that I know) feels uncomfortable laughing in front of strangers.
"You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit."
Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office
than to serve and obey them. - David Hume