We have always been told that laziness is a bad thing, but studies show that that just is not the case. New research seems to prove the theory that brainy people spend more time lazing around than their active counterparts.
A study published in the Journal of Health Psychology suggests that individuals who have a high IQ tend to spend less time engaging in physical activity. Researchers from Florida Gulf Coast University have a large group of students a test designed to measure their need for cognitive activity. They used this to identify thirty students who expressed a strong desire to engage in deep thought, as well as thirty students who preferred to avoid mentally difficult activities. Then, the researchers gave each test subject a device to wear on their wrist which would measure their level of physical activity for the week.
The findings show that people with a high IQ get bored less easily, leading them to spend more time thinking, rather than doing, while active people tend to be less lazy because they something to stimulate their minds. This is either because they want to do less thinking or because they get more easily.
“Ultimately, an important factor that may help more thoughtful individuals combat their lower average activity levels is awareness,” the study’s authors wrote. “Awareness of their tendency to be less active, coupled with an awareness of the cost associated with inactivity, more thoughtful people may then choose to become more active throughout the day.”
Laziness is not the only indicator of a high IQ, either. According to other studies, intelligent people use more curse words, stay up late at night and are really messy. Well… I guess I am a genius!