Do you get upset when someone calls you lazy? Well now you have a response that will turn heads. Recent studies have proven the theory that lazy people are smarter than those who are regularly active. Reports from a US based study endorsed the thought that people with a high IQ have a more difficult time getting bored, concluding them to spend more time thinking.
On the flip side, active people are more physical as they need to stimulate their minds with external activities because they either get bored quickly or they need to run away from their thoughts.
Researchers from the Florida Gulf Coast University conducted a test called the “Need for Cognition”—a test that dates back almost 30 years. They conducted it with 30 students who showed a strong desire to deep thinking and 30 additional participants who’d rather evade any tasks that are mentally draining.
The test had the student’s rate how much they agreed with the following statements, "I really enjoy a task that involves coming up with new solutions to problems" and "I only think as hard as I have to."
Following the 30 "thinkers" and 30 "non-thinkers" were chosen, they were given an accelerometer to wear on their wrist for 1 week to measure how physically active they were during the week.
The researchers, conducted by Todd McElroy, then selected 30 ‘thinkers’ and 30 ‘non-thinkers’ from the pool of candidates.
Results proved the thinking groups were way less active during the week than the non-thinkers.
From a statistical standpoint, the discoveries of the study, published in the Journal of Health Psychology, were described as “highly significant” and “robust”.
Though the weekends showed no little to no difference between the two groups, something that is still being worked on. Researchers indicate the reporting could help the idea that non-thinkers get bored quicker, so in turn need to fill their time with physical activity.