Many people would have a great facility to feel identified as lazy, but intelligence is somewhat more challenging to measure and, although everyone may have come up with an idea of what their intellectual level is, it is challenging to have references to this without resorting to IC tests.

However, a recent study has found a link between these two dimensions of our mind. In particular, it has been observed that the most intelligent people are also the most likely to loaf during working days.

Thus, although loitering in excess could lead to isolation and, therefore, to the decrease of the ability to think with agility, to stand still and without making a seemingly big thing may be a clue that we like to devote time and effort to squeeze our intelligence.

Smarts Are Less Active

This research, conducted by Todd Mc Elroy of Florida Gulf Coast University and published in the Journal of Health Psychology, points out that people who show a greater need for cognitive stimulating and motivating tasks spend less time than others on functions in which physical activities are necessary.

The need to engage in cognitively stimulating tasks, which is related to the level of intelligence, gives an idea of how we tend to stay mentally active by participating in different tasks, which pose a challenge and move away from monotony and repetition.

Why Is This Happening? The Key Is The Cognitive Challenge

This discovery is related to the idea that the challenges and hobbies occur only in our brain and are not based on physical activities (it is understood as tasks for which it is necessary to use various muscle groups, because thinking is also, after all, a physical process) are a hobby and a task so stimulating that people accustomed to them do not need to move too much.

Thus, this research serves to reinforce the idea that the most intelligent people are not as prone to boredom as the others, as they tend to take advantage of times when they do not exercise physical efforts to think, reflect, perform mental exercises. On the other hand, people who do not stand out especially for their intelligence would have more reason to seek entertainment in direct interaction with their environment.

How Was The Investigation Conducted?

These researchers at Florida Gulf Coast University relied on the use of the test to obtain information on a number of volunteers. Among the questions in the tests were several designed to explore each person’s tendency to engage in cognitively demanding activities.

For example, these people had to say whether they were more or less in agreement with claims like “I enjoy finding new solutions to problems very much.”

Based on these data, researchers selected 30 of the most likely to exercise their cognitive abilities and 30 others with the opposite characteristic and placed a device on their wrists. This bracelet was used to trace their movements and emit data on their levels of activity, and this information was collected for several days.


People less likely to approach cognitive demanding tasks moved more and showed significantly higher levels of physical activation than others. But, oddly enough, this difference only appeared from Monday to Friday. On weekends, this difference tended to disappear.

This latter fact has not yet been explained, So if this point is to be clarified, it will be necessary to carry out further research on this subject.


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