Bill Gates once said that, “I will always choose a lazy person to do a difficult job because he will find an easy way to do it”. Some scientists couldn’t agree more. They say that it’s aptly said about couch potatoes and the reason they would do a “difficult job” the “easy way” is that they might be more intelligent than the average person.


That’s right. All those who are active throughout the day, take note. A new study led by Todd McElroy at the Florida Gulf Coast University says that people with high IQ are more likely to lose track of time while thinking so they are never bored. They also won’t mind spending an afternoon contemplating about the mysteries of the universe and as a result, are less motivated to do physical activities.

A psychology test was used to find and differentiate those students who have a tendency to think a lot and those who found thinking unnecessary exertion. The daily activities of all the participants was recorded with fitness trackers for seven days.

The researchers were then able to link high levels of cognition with low levels of physical activity. As laziness is dangerous for bodily health and the relationship between balanced cognition and physical activity is an important factor which extends effects a person throughout their life.

“Ultimately, an important factor that may help more thoughtful individuals combat their lower average activity levels is awareness,” says Todd McElroy. And when they are aware of their preoccupied state of mind, “More thoughtful people may then choose to become more active throughout the day.”

Never underestimate couch potatoes