Lazy people often get a bad rap in our modern world. They sit around too much and never get anything done. They don’t like work. You know the type.
But a new study from Florida Gulf Coast University may challenge everything you think you know about lazy people. According to their study, lazy people have the highest intelligence.
Researchers suggest in the study that less intelligent people aren’t batting around various ideas all the time and are therefore prone to boredom. So, instead of sitting, lost in their thoughts and dreams, less intelligent people get up and are active.
For the study, researchers conducted a psychological test to evaluate students and determine how interested they were in deep thinking or not. Students were then fitted with movement and fitness trackers that kept a log of how much they moved. From Monday through Friday, the two sets of people had very different habits, they found. During the weekend, they found, their habits were hardly any different.
The researchers also noted that the sample size was small, so future studies should be conducted in order to reprove the correlation they found. But, the researchers did have some recommendations for any more thoughtful people who find themselves being less active: think, duh.
“Ultimately, an important factor that may help more thoughtful individuals combat their lower average activity levels is awareness,” Todd McElroy, a lead researcher on the study, said. “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.”
This certainly isn’t the first time intelligence has been found to correlate with some of life’s vices. For instance, intelligent people are said to be more interested in drinking alcohol — a correlation thought to be spurred by alcohol being a relatively novel substance for human beings.