Why Is This Important?
Because maybe the reverse is also true?
Long Story Short
Thinkers are lazier than non-thinkers, scientists have found. They believe that this is because thinkers can happily while away time lost in their own thoughts, while non-thinkers get bored easily and need external stimulation.
Doing nothing is so underrated. And, it turns out, could also be a sign that you have a higher IQ.
Published in the Journal of Health Psychology, the study corroborates the idea that people with higher intelligence are more likely to be lazy.
Researchers at the Florida Gulf Coast University gave their subjects a test to split them into two groups: 30 ‘thinkers’ and 30 ‘non-thinkers’. They then used accelerometers to track their subjects’ activity levels over a period of seven days.
What the researchers found was that from Monday to Friday, the thinkers were significantly less active than the non-thinkers.
They concluded that “high-NFC (need for cognition) individuals seem more content to ‘entertain themselves’ mentally, whereas low-NFC individuals quickly experience boredom and experience it more negatively”, as Daily Mail Online reports. Which, in short, means that smart people have fun brains.
Oddly, the activity levels for both groups were the same over the weekend. The researchers put this down to the sample population – students – whose activity might simply reflect the behaviour of young adults (eat, sleep, party, repeat).
You can own the Conversation by asking The Big Question
Research has also shown that exercise boosts brainpower. So is being lazy actually counterproductive for intelligence?