Being Lazy Actually Means You’re An Intelligent Person, Study Finds

by : UNILAD on : 01 Apr 2018 19:18

I imagine the majority of you are spending your Easter holidays collapsed on the sofa at home, watching whatever is on the television and scoffing as much chocolate as you can.


And although people may call you lazy you know you deserve some relaxation time even if it happens more regularly than you’d care to admit.

But as research has revealed being lazy isn’t exactly a bad thing as it is a sign of high intelligence.


Scientists from the Florida Gulf Coast University decided to carry out a 30-year-old test known as ‘the need for cognition’ to see how people would respond in this decade.


The results, which were published in the Journal of Healthy Psychology, support the idea that those with higher IQs get bored more easily and are therefore happy spending more time thinking while lazing around.

Meanwhile less intelligent people need more stimulation to battle their boredom often turning to physical activity rather than lying on the sofa bingeing on Netflix shows.

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Giving students the classic questionnaire, participants were asked to rate how strongly they agreed with certain statements which challenged their thinking abilities.

These statements included phrases such as ‘I only think as hard as I have to’ and ‘I really enjoy a task that involves coming up with new solutions and problems’.

Based upon their responses, the students were split up into ‘thinkers’ and ‘non thinkers’ with the study monitoring 30 from each group’s activity for seven days.

The results showed ‘thinkers’ are a lot less active than ‘non-thinkers’ over the week with weekends showing little difference.


Speaking to The Telegraph, research leader Todd McElroy emphasised although lazier people may be brainier, they still need to engage in physical activity.

He said:

Ultimately, an important factor that may help more thoughtful individuals combat their lower average activity levels is awareness.

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.

Elroy also added because the sample size was small as well as the time period covered, further tests will be needed to conclusively prove the findings.


However some people do take their laziness too far as research from 2015 revealed millennials are sometimes so idle they won’t even eat cereal as it is just too much effort.

As reported by The New York Times, many young people don’t like having to wash up after eating cereal and therefore avoid it:

Almost 40 percent of the millennials surveyed by Mintel for its 2015 report said cereal was an inconvenient breakfast choice because they had to clean up after eating it.

They either don’t eat breakfast at all, or eat it somewhere other than home. And when they do eat breakfast, a bowl of cold cereal is often replaced by hot grains, smoothies, yogurt or breakfast sandwiches.

In the college cafeteria, eating any cereal you want for three meals a day is no longer a rite of passage.

Come on folks – cereal only requires a bowl and a spoon! How are you going to get through life if you can’t handle that?

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Topics: Life


The Journal of Health Psychology and 2 others
  1. The Journal of Health Psychology

    The physical sacrifice of thinking: Investigating the relationship between thinking and physical activity in everyday life

  2. The Telegraph

    Laziness is a sign of high intelligence, suggests new study

  3. The New York Times

    Cereal, a Taste of Nostalgia, Looks for Its Next Chapter