Why Highly Intelligent People Are Messy, Stay Up Late And Love Swearing


You might be the kind of person who others refer to as ‘messy,’ ‘always late,’ and ‘foul-mouthed,’ but you’d also be someone science considers to have intelligent traits.

Despite the societal stereotype of those who curse being ignorant, a recent study has found that swearing is a sign of intelligence. Furthermore, those who are messier and like to stay up late are more likely to have a higher IQ.

For ages, people have maintained that only those with a limited vocabulary are likely to use swear words. However, psychologists Kristin Jay of Marist College and Timothy Jay of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts have found this to be incorrect.

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.

Sleeping late and doing more activities at night is good for you?

The early bird catches the worm, apparently. But, really, who wants to catch a worm? Night owls know that morning sounds like mourning for a reason: nothing good ever happens before 10am. And there’s a great deal of evidence that supports the idea that overachievers oversleep. Take, for example, a 2009 study by British researchers entitled “Why Night Owls are More Intelligent”, which posits: “More intelligent children are more likely to grow up to be nocturnal adults who go to bed late and wake up late on both weekdays and weekends.”

Apparently, this is explained by evolution. Since electricity is a relatively new invention, humans have developed ingrained early-to-bed instincts. Staying up late, then, is “evolutionary novel” behaviour that means you’re more likely to win in life. Research from the University of Southampton has also found people who go to bed after 11pm and get up after 8am are likely to earn more than their early-to-rise counterparts.

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.”

Thankfully, now, science is proving that all three assumptions are wrong. So, if you enjoy your curse words, being a night owl, or having a messy environment, have no fears, as you are more than likely a genius. If not, you could be pretty damn close. And if you are a potty mouth, check this video out which links swearing to honesty.