If you’re the kind of person who many would describe as ‘messy’, ‘lazy’ or ‘foul-mouthed’ then turns out you may actually be doing pretty well.
Enjoy living in your own filth, staying up until 4am watching Netflix and sleeping in until 11am (on a good day). Swear until you’re blue in the face, as well. You know why? Because you’re probably a god damn genius.
According to a study by scientists Kristin and Timothy Jay, intelligence is directly correlated to swearing. The Independent reports that the final result showed those who could name the most swear words within 60 seconds also tend to score higher on an IQ test. So contrary to common belief, using swear words more isn’t just the sign of someone who cant think of a better descriptive word. In fact, the study says that a rich vocabulary of swear words is a sign of rhetorical strength rather than the attempt to hide verbal deficits.
When it comes to staying up late, there’s another study that supports the idea that this is a sign of a genius.
Research has linked night owls with higher IQ scores for quite some time now. One particular study says: “Net of a large number of social and demographic factors, more intelligent children grow up to be more nocturnal as adults than less intelligent children.
“Compared to their less intelligent counterparts, more intelligent individuals go to bed later on weeknights (when they have to get up at a certain time the next day) and on weekends (when they don’t), and they wake up later on weekdays (but not on weekends, for which the positive effect of childhood intelligence on adult nocturnality is not statistically significant). For example, those with a childhood IQ of less than 75 (“very dull”) go to bed around 23:41 on weeknights in early adulthood, whereas those with a childhood IQ of over 125 (“very bright”) go to bed around 00:29.”
And messiness? Well, research conducted by the University of Minnesota suggests that those who spend less time cleaning and organising things are most likely preoccupied with more important matters.
Psychological scientist Kathleen Vohs said: “Disorderly environments seem to inspire breaking free of tradition, which can produce fresh insights. Orderly environments, in contrast, encourage convention and playing it safe.”