A new study has found that smarter people not only tend to stay up later, but also regularly engage in recreational sex and drug use.
According to Esquire magazine, English researchers recently discovered that students at prestigious schools like Oxford and Cambridge spend much more time having sex, smoking weed and staying up later than their peers at less reputable institutions.
The research was funded by sex toy retailer Lovehoney.co.uk, where Oxford and Cambridge students have spent a combined $31,461.
"The correlation probably has something to do with the open-mindedness that comes with intelligence," 23-year-old Annalisa Rose, an employee of high-end sex shop "Honey" in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, told Esquire. "I think that the ability to engage in an open sex life comes with the abilities of introspection and logical thought, and those require some level of intelligence. If we're talking about an open sex life that comes from an emotionally healthy place, sexual mores are mostly made up anyway and intelligent people can rationalize past them," she said.
Many previous studies have found that people with higher IQs, better jobs, or degrees from top-notch universities are more likely to smoke weed or even snort a few lines here and there.
Esquire reports that this is because these people tend to pursue insightful experiences involving adventure and mental expansion.
Smart people will indulge in most opportunities that could potentially broaden their minds.
They also more closely understand addiction and moderation and are therefore less fearful of engaging in drug use.
A 2010 study seen in Psychology Today showed that those with an IQ of 125 or higher are exponentially more likely to use drugs.
From the study:
"Net of sex, religion, religiosity, marital status, number of children, education, earnings, depression, satisfaction with life, social class at birth, mother’s education, and father’s education, British children who are more intelligent before the age of 16 are more likely to consume psychoactive drugs at age 42 than less intelligent children. "... there is a clear monotonic association between childhood general intelligence and adult consumption of psychoactive drugs. 'Very bright' individuals (with IQs above 125) are roughly three-tenths of a standard deviation more likely to consume psychoactive drugs than 'very dull' individuals (with IQs below 75)."
The final element of our genius-trifecta is proven valid in an academic paper entitled "Why the Night Owl is More Intelligent," published in the journal Psychology and Individual Differences.
The paper, Esquire reports, highlights that for several millennia, humans have been conditioned to work during the day and sleep at night.
Those that break this cycle, the paper says, "may be more likely to acquire and espouse evolutionarily novel values and preferences than less intelligent individuals."
The paper goes on to say that liberals who don't believe in God are more likely to be intelligent as well.
It seems that the gist here is that progressive thinkers who uphold adventure and experimentation over safety and tradition are the more intelligent beings.
So as Esquire says, "if you're getting laid at 3 am on Sunday morning and have a full bowl packed beside the bed and you aren't going to church the next day, you're probably a genius."
There you have it. Not only are those who rebel against conservatism sexier and much more fun to hang out with, but contrary to popular belief, they're also smarter and more groomed for success.
Oh, and we work our assess off too, so don't even think you've got that one on us.
Via: Esquire, Top Photo Courtesy: Wolf Of Wall St