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Research Says Intelligent People Stay Up Late, Have More Sex And Do More Drugs

Research Says Intelligent People Stay Up Late, Have More Sex And Do More Drugs

What kind of people do you think of when you think about intelligent people?

Most people think of legendary brainiacs like Albert Einstein. The well-behaved scientist is often held up as the most iconic example of an intelligent person. But Albert Einstein was more than just a researcher and intelligent people are more than just clever. New research shows that there are other traits commonly possessed by intelligent people.

In fact, some research suggests that your favorite genius partakes in plenty of activities that are not expected of them. It turns out that some of the smartest people in society are more likely to do more drugs and have more sex than those with lower IQs.

But what draws the link between the local whiz kid and a penchant for after hours fun? Read on to learn more about the correlation between sex, drugs and the Science Bowl.

Smart People Stay Up Late

Personality and Individual Differences recently published a study that suggested that people with higher IQs have different circadian rhythms to their average peers. The circadian rhythm manages your sleep cycle. While most people prefer to sleep at night and work during the day, some geniuses prefer to stay up late.

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The study published included the analysis of around 20,000 people. It demonstrated that both adults and children with high IQs went to sleep later and woke up later than people with lower IQs.

What does this mean for the intelligent ones among us?

It means that if you just cannot force yourself to go to sleep at a reasonable hour, don’t sweat it too much. Active minds prefer to stay awake and this is not always a bad thing. Instead of forcing yourself to sleep with pills, use this extra awake time to be creative.

Smart People Favor Drug Use

In a modern world where people are constantly told that drugs are stupid, it seems strange that those with IQs might naturally gravitate towards using illicit substances.

This is especially true when most people consider their own personal experiences. Too often, the person in your life who uses and abuses drugs and alcohol has a far lower IQ than the norm.

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But it seems that the opposite is the truth. Instead, people who have had a high IQ most of their life are more interested in psychoactive drugs.

A report published in Psychology Today suggests that it does not matter what background a person comes from. If they are intelligent, they are far more likely to participate in experimenting with hallucinogens than those with lower IQs.

Amphetamines, LSD and magic mushrooms are all drugs that are more likely to be used by someone who is above average intelligence.

Like night owl tendencies, drug use is linked with intelligence levels. But being smart is not the greatest factor in determining whether people do drugs. It also comes down to access and socio-economic background as well.

Smart People Have More Sex

Just when you thought that brainy nerds never got any, scientists have proved this idea all wrong.

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One of the biggest threats wielded against intelligent people is the threat that they will never have sex as long as they continue to be smart. This is merely a playground taunt that is used to humiliate those whose intelligence threatens others.

Recent research in the UK found that students who studied at Oxford and Cambridge spent more money on sex objects and toys than students at lower ranked universities- something that was noted previously by dating guru Vin DiCarlo.

It is important to note that students who are admitted to these top institutions are not only hard workers but often naturally intelligent people. In fact, Oxford purposely seeks out exceptionally intelligent people to add to its ranks.

So is there a link between having a high IQ and an equally high sex drive?

Well, this research demonstrated that students at top tier universities are certainly interested in sex. But is it because of their intelligence?

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The answer is maybe. Students who are expected to perform at high levels have equally high levels of stress. It is possible that these students have found that sex is a great stress reliever. That it does not offer the negative physiological consequences that a hangover can cause is a bonus too.

Additionally, some students noted that while their institutions were steeped in history and tradition, schools like Oxford and Cambridge are progressive in the area of sexuality. Some students interviewed in the report said that the liberal sexual culture encouraged them to experiment with their own sexuality.

It is important to note that being intelligent does not mean a person is more likely to have wild, amphetamine fueled sex in the middle of the night. Instead, it is possible that the creativity and natural curiosity harbored by many intelligent people can manifest itself in unexpected ways.

Featured photo credit: Alexandra Xubersnak via flickr.com

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Last Updated on January 15, 2021

7 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

7 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

The popular idiomatic saying that “actions speak louder than words” has been around for centuries, but even to this day, most people struggle with at least one area of nonverbal communication. Consequently, many of us aspire to have more confident body language but don’t have the knowledge and tools necessary to change what are largely unconscious behaviors.

Given that others’ perceptions of our competence and confidence are predominantly influenced by what we do with our faces and bodies, it’s important to develop greater self-awareness and consciously practice better posture, stance, eye contact, facial expressions, hand movements, and other aspects of body language.

Posture

First things first: how is your posture? Let’s start with a quick self-assessment of your body.

  • Are your shoulders slumped over or rolled back in an upright posture?
  • When you stand up, do you evenly distribute your weight or lean excessively to one side?
  • Does your natural stance place your feet relatively shoulder-width apart or are your feet and legs close together in a closed-off position?
  • When you sit, does your lower back protrude out in a slumped position or maintain a straight, spine-friendly posture in your seat?

All of these are important considerations to make when evaluating and improving your posture and stance, which will lead to more confident body language over time. If you routinely struggle with maintaining good posture, consider buying a posture trainer/corrector, consulting a chiropractor or physical therapist, stretching daily, and strengthening both your core and back muscles.

Facial Expressions

Are you prone to any of the following in personal or professional settings?

  • Bruxism (tight, clenched jaw or grinding teeth)
  • Frowning and/or furrowing brows
  • Avoiding direct eye contact and/or staring at the ground

If you answered “yes” to any of these, then let’s start by examining various ways in which you can project confident body language through your facial expressions.

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1. Understand How Others Perceive Your Facial Expressions

A December 2020 study by UC Berkeley and Google researchers utilized a deep neural network to analyze facial expressions in six million YouTube clips representing people from over 140 countries. The study found that, despite socio-cultural differences, people around the world tended to use about 70% of the same facial expressions in response to different emotional stimuli and situations.[1]

The study’s researchers also published a fascinating interactive map to demonstrate how their machine learning technology assessed various facial expressions and determined subtle differences in emotional responses.

This study highlights the social importance of facial expressions because whether or not we’re consciously aware of them—by gazing into a mirror or your screen on a video conferencing platform—how we present our faces to others can have tremendous impacts on their perceptions of us, our confidence, and our emotional states. This awareness is the essential first step towards

2. Relax Your Face

New research on bruxism and facial tension found the stresses and anxieties of Covid-19 lockdowns led to considerable increases in orofacial pain, jaw-clenching, and teeth grinding, particularly among women.[2]

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimates that more than 10 million Americans alone have temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ syndrome), and facial tension can lead to other complications such as insomnia, wrinkles, dry skin, and dark, puffy bags under your eyes.[3])

To avoid these unpleasant outcomes, start practicing progressive muscle relaxation techniques and taking breaks more frequently throughout the day to moderate facial tension.[4] You should also try out some biofeedback techniques to enhance your awareness of involuntary bodily processes like facial tension and achieve more confident body language as a result.[5]

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3. Improve Your Eye Contact

Did you know there’s an entire subfield of kinesic communication research dedicated to eye movements and behaviors called oculesics?[6] It refers to various communication behaviors including direct eye contact, averting one’s gaze, pupil dilation/constriction, and even frequency of blinking. All of these qualities can shape how other people perceive you, which means that eye contact is yet another area of nonverbal body language that we should be more mindful of in social interactions.

The ideal type (direct/indirect) and duration of eye contact depends on a variety of factors, such as cultural setting, differences in power/authority/age between the parties involved, and communication context. Research has shown that differences in the effects of eye contact are particularly prominent when comparing East Asian and Western European/North American cultures.[7]

To improve your eye contact with others, strive to maintain consistent contact for at least 3 to 4 seconds at a time, consciously consider where you’re looking while listening to someone else, and practice eye contact as much as possible (as strange as this may seem in the beginning, it’s the best way to improve).

3. Smile More

There are many benefits to smiling and laughing, and when it comes to working on more confident body language, this is an area that should be fun, low-stakes, and relatively stress-free.

Smiling is associated with the “happiness chemical” dopamine and the mood-stabilizing hormone, serotonin. Many empirical studies have shown that smiling generally leads to positive outcomes for the person smiling, and further research has shown that smiling can influence listeners’ perceptions of our confidence and trustworthiness as well.

4. Hand Gestures

Similar to facial expressions and posture, what you do with your hands while speaking or listening in a conversation can significantly influence others’ perceptions of you in positive or negative ways.

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It’s undoubtedly challenging to consciously account for all of your nonverbal signals while simultaneously trying to stay engaged with the verbal part of the discussion, but putting in the effort to develop more bodily awareness now will make it much easier to unconsciously project more confident body language later on.

5. Enhance Your Handshake

In the article, “An Anthropology of the Handshake,” University of Copenhagen social anthropology professor Bjarke Oxlund assessed the future of handshaking in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic:[8]

“Handshakes not only vary in function and meaning but do so according to social context, situation and scale. . . a public discussion should ensue on the advantages and disadvantages of holding on to the tradition of shaking hands as the conventional gesture of greeting and leave-taking in a variety of circumstances.”

It’s too early to determine some of the ways in which Covid-19 has permanently changed our social norms and professional etiquette standards, but it’s reasonable to assume that handshaking may retain its importance in American society even after this pandemic. To practice more confident body language in the meantime, the video on the science of the perfect handshake below explains what you need to know.

6. Complement Your Verbals With Hand Gestures

As you know by now, confident communication involves so much more than simply smiling more or sounding like you know what you’re talking about. What you do with your hands can be particularly influential in how others perceive you, whether you’re fidgeting with an object, clenching your fists, hiding your hands in your pockets, or calmly gesturing to emphasize important points you’re discussing.

Social psychology researchers have found that “iconic gestures”—hand movements that appear to be meaningfully related to the speaker’s verbal content—can have profound impacts on listeners’ information retention. In other words, people are more likely to engage with you and remember more of what you said when you speak with complementary hand gestures instead of just your voice.[9]

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Further research on hand gestures has shown that even your choice of the left or right hand for gesturing can influence your ability to clearly convey information to listeners, which supports the notion that more confident body language is readily achievable through greater self-awareness and deliberate nonverbal actions.[10]

Final Takeaways

Developing better posture, enhancing your facial expressiveness, and practicing hand gestures can vastly improve your communication with other people. At first, it will be challenging to consciously practice nonverbal behaviors that many of us are accustomed to performing daily without thinking about them.

If you ever feel discouraged, however, remember that there’s no downside to consistently putting in just a little more time and effort to increase your bodily awareness. With the tips and strategies above, you’ll be well on your way to embracing more confident body language and amplifying others’ perceptions of you in no time.

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