10 signs you’re smarter than other people
You suspect it, but so far you haven’t been able to prove it: you are totally more intelligent than all those other dummies in your workplace.
Check out this list (inspired by a Business Insider article) of science-backed signs you’re smarter than the average bear.
You don’t smoke: Reuters reported in 2010 on an Israeli study that found from looking at the test results of over 20,000 male military recruits that “Young men who smoked a pack of cigarettes a day or more had IQ scores 7.5 points lower than non-smokers.” Granted, the study only involved men but, you know, we shouldn’t smoke.
You’re not a heavy drinking male: The Telegraph reports that a study by researchers at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden showed that men with lower IQ test results consumed higher levels of alcohol than those with higher results. The team reportedly noted that “factors including economic background and social status could[…]play a part in how much people drank.”
You are a heavy drinking female: The Telegraph reported in 2010 on a study at the London School of Economics finding that: “The more educated women are, the more likely they are to drink alcohol on most days and to report having problems due to their drinking patterns. The better-educated appear to be the ones who engage the most in problematic patterns of alcohol consumption.”
The study also found that “Women’s alcohol consumption can even be predicted from their scores in school tests taken when they are as young as five.” Those who got “medium” or “high” test marks in school are up to 2.1 times more likely to drink daily as adults.
You’re the first born child: The New York Times reported in 2007 on a study that found that “eldest children had a slight but significant edge in I.Q. — an average of three points over the closest sibling.” This was not “because of biological factors but the psychological interplay of parents and children.” So, younger kids, there’s something else you can blame on mom and dad.
You’re tall: A 2008 study found that “taller children have higher average cognitive test scores.”
You’re not religious, you’re a liberal, and, if male, you’re monogamous:
In a report, titled Why Liberals and Atheists are More Intelligent, evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa at the London School of Economics explains that he tested what he calls the “Savanna-IQ Interaction Hypothesis” and found, he writes, that “consistent with the Hypothesis, more intelligent individuals are more likely to espouse liberal political ideology and to be atheists, and more intelligent men (but not women) are more likely to value sexual exclusivity.”
According to his research, atheists have higher IQs than people who believe in God by an average of six points.
Kanazawa also found a difference of 11 IQ points between mean adolescent intelligence of young adults who identify as ‘very liberal’ (106 mean score) and those who identify as ‘very conservative’ (95 mean score).
Lest one get the impression that Kawazana is simply demonstrating a bias towards his own political or religious view, it should be noted that, while I don’t know his religious views, he is a self-described “strong libertarian.” (Also, since religion tends to be a touchy topic, note that the article author – me – is a practicing Jew, so no agenda there either.)
Kanazawa also found that the more intelligent male individuals are in junior high and high school, “the more value they grow to place on sexual exclusivity.” In contrast, adolescent intelligence has no significant effect on women’s value on sexual exclusivity.
You took music lessons: A 2011 study at York University found that children’s verbal intelligence improved after one month of daily weekday music lessons. The children also showed changes in brain activity. Also, a 2004 study at the University of Toronto found a small increase in the IQs of six year olds who were given weekly voice and piano lessons.
You are a cat person: Research from Wisconsin’s Carroll University looked at the personality differences between dog lovers and cat lovers and found that dog lovers tend to be more lively, energetic and outgoing, while cat lovers are more introverted, open-minded and sensitive. “Cat lovers are also said to be non-conformists, and scored higher on intelligence than dog lovers.”
So, how did you do? Just as you suspected, right?