Lazy people are more intelligent, according to science
So that’s why you keep missing your 9AMs
If you spend most of the time on your sofa, there’s no need to worry – it looks like lazy people are actually more intelligent than their proactive counterparts.
The new findings come from a study at Florida Gulf State University, where researchers tested a number of students and found that the less physically active they tended to be, the higher their IQ.
The study has been described by the Journal of Health Psychology as “highly significant” and “robust.”
The survey asked the students to rank how they strongly they agreed or disagreed with statements such as “I only think as hard as I have to” or “I really enjoy a task that involves coming up with new solutions to problems.”
Researchers then selected 30 “thinkers” and 30 “non-thinkers,” and tracked their movements over the following week, finding via wrist devices that the non-thinking group were far more physically active than the non-thinking group.
Scientists have suggested the findings enforce the theory that less clever people are more easily bored, and are thus more prone to physical activity.
The British Psychological Society, who quoted the study, said: “Ultimately, an important factor that may help more thoughtful individuals combat their lower average activity levels is awareness.
“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.”