Whew! Seems You’re Not Lazy, You’re Smart….
Inactivity may be a sign of intelligence.
According to an article in the U.K.-based Independent newspaper, new research from Florida Gulf Coast University suggests that brainy people tend to spend more time lazing around than their more active, and less brainy, counterparts.
Researchers found that individuals with high IQs generally don’t bore as easily, which leads them to spend more time lost in thought. On the flip side, people who are more active tend to get the additional stimulation they need by engaging in activities. The researchers suggested that this need for stimulation may be because these people are avoiding blue-sky thinking or because they get bored faster and easier.
The study consisted of a small participant pool of thirty “thinkers” and thirty “nonthinkers.” Both groups wore devices on their wrists that monitored their movements and activity levels for a week. The results: the thinkers were far less active over seven days than their nonthinker counterparts.
But if you find yourself in the lazy-but-smart category, take a moment before you start boasting about your intellectual prowess. The downside of these findings is that even though being lazier may put you in the “thinkers” group, it also may lead to a sedentary lifestyle, and that could be affecting your health in a number of less-than-positive ways.
Although the study’s results may seem odd, they could have value, according to the Research Digest of the British Psychological Society.
“Awareness of their tendency to be less active, coupled with an awareness of the cost associated with inactivity, (means) more thoughtful people may then choose to become more active throughout the day.”
Perhaps anecdotal evidence may help here. Apparently, many people say they have good ideas while walking or swimming. It may not be as pleasurable as out-and-out lazing, but for the thinkers in the crowd, it does kill two birds with one stone!