I was going to write this article on Monday; but quite frankly, I couldn’t be bothered and a new study manages to make me feel quite good about this.
According to this new study, laziness is a sign of high intelligence. Apparently, not doing much exercise – or much of anything else – means you are a pretty deep thinker.
The study, by scientists from Florida Gulf Coast University, found people with a high IQ rarely get bored, leading them to spend more time lost in thought.
It suggested less intelligent people are more prone to boredom, leading them to do more physical activity as a result (it’s at this point you realise the study isn’t quite a rigorous as some).
Ultimately, an important factor that may help more thoughtful individuals combat their lower average activity levels is awareness (of its futility?).
The researchers, led by Todd McElroy, used a psychology test to identify students who expressed a strong desire to think a lot, and students who were more keen to avoid things which were mentally taxing.
All of the participants in the study were then fitted with fitness trackers, which monitored how much they exercised over seven days.
The study found that people who think a lot were far less active between Monday to Friday than those who tended to avoid high-level thinking.
There was, however, no difference over the weekend. Researchers were unable to explain why this might be.
As the sample size was small, and so was the time the study was conducted over, there need to be further tests to conclusively prove this correlation.
“Ultimately, an important factor that may help more thoughtful individuals combat their lower average activity levels is awareness,” said McElroy.
“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.”
It seems that very little energy was expended on the methodology, analysis and reporting of this groundbreaking study. But during the Olympics, in particular, you have to support anything that bigs up the inherantly lazy.