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Research Says Being Tamad Could Mean You're Smarter

Being lazy isn't so bad after all.
PHOTO: Allie Kircher

This one’s for all the lazy people out there—keep this in mind the next time someone rags on you for being tamad.

According to The Independent, “people with a high IQ get bored less easily, [while] active people [are more] physical [because] they need to stimulate their minds with external activities, either to escape their thoughts or because they get bored quickly.”

This study, led by Todd McElroy, was done on students from Florida Gulf Coast University, with a technique that’s been used for 30 years: the “need for cognition” questionnaire. They observed 60 students: 30 "thinkers" and 30 "non-thinkers." Participants were asked to rate statements to reveal how much they agree or disagree with them. Both the “thinkers” and “non-thinkers” were studied for seven days. They all had to wear a device that tracked their movements, “providing a constant stream of data on how physically active they were.”

Though the thinking group wasn’t as active as the non-thinking group, McElroy found no difference in the activities of both groups on the weekends. He has not been able to explain this finding. It's also important to note that the study had a small sample size, and may not be the most representative source. 

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