Forget grades. The amount of time you’ve spent on the couch is really what matters, according to science.
A new study suggests that people who love to lounge around are actually more intelligent than their more active counterparts. The rationale behind this being that those with high IQs don’t get bored easily, and thus, spend more time contemplating and engaging in critical thought.
Those with lower IQs, meanwhile, need some sort of stimulation, often in the form of exercise and other outdoor activities.
To determine this, researchers from the Florida Gulf Coast University used a 30-year-old test called the ‘need for cognition’ questionnaire. They asked students to rate how strongly they agreed with statements like “I really enjoy a task that involves coming up with new solutions to problems,” and “I only think as hard as I have to.”
Then, they divided the group into two: 30 ‘thinkers’ and 30 ‘non-thinkers’, and tracked the students’ level of physical activity over a week.
The results? The ‘thinkers’ led a more sedentary lifestyle than the ‘non-thinkers’, but only during weekdays. No explanation could be made why the two groups showed no difference on weekends.
The study, which was published in the Journal of Health Psychology, described the findings as “highly significant’ and “robust.”
But before you go out and cancel your gym membership, the experts did leave a warning: people who are lazy, no matter how smart they are, should always strive to be more active to improve their health.