Why Do Intelligent People Buy More Sex Toys
Posted: May 09 2015
When you think of the great minds of our time, I bet one of the first things that don’t come to mind is that they know how to party. Now, I’m not sure if Stephen Hawking or Neil deGrasse Tyson know how to throw down at a rave until the wee hours of the morning, but there have been some studies that have shown that people with the highest IQ’s tend to be night owls that enjoy recreational drug use and sex more often than their lower IQ’ed cohorts. If this is true, I must be one of the greatest minds of the 21st century! I know what you’re thinking – what kind of studies are these? Well, there are three studies, in particular, that have taken a close look at how intelligence may influence behavior and they are quite intriguing.
The lovely people over at the journal “Personality and Individual Differences” published a study that proposed that people of high intelligence are drawn to behaviors that expand problem-solving ability in order to increase knowledge. These are called “novel” behaviors, and they are nature’s evolutionary way of pushing our limits in order create something new. The study also found a correlation between intelligence and free-thinking, more liberal views, as well as different sleep cycles. People with high childhood and adult IQ’s went to bed a half hour later each night than people of normal intelligence and wake up about that much later. I knew my children were geniuses!
The second study focuses on drug use. At first, the claim that drug use was related to high IQ was a difficult pill for me to swallow (pun!). Surely, people who are drug addicts aren’t the cream of the evolutionary crop, right? Well, that’s not exactly the correlation that was made. This study, published in “Psychology Today”, concluded that people who have high IQ’s are more likely to experiment with drugs. Basically, they’re open to trying new things. This goes back to those “novel” evolutionary behaviors that help us to push the envelope in order to expand our horizons. This isn’t the only study that has drawn this conclusion, so I think there’s merit to this idea. I’m not saying you need to go out on a magic mushroom bender this weekend, but it’s an interesting study.
Now for the best part…the sex! A sociological study found that students at some of the most prestigious Universities in the world spend the most money on sex toys. I, of course, think owning sex toys is very smart, but it’s nice to have some data to back me up. Researchers think the open-mindedness and the ability to think things through to a logical conclusion are some of the things that may make people with higher intelligence have a higher sex drive too. I knew I was smart.
I think it’s really important to note that the correlations these studies make don’t necessarily equate causation. Staying up late and smoking some ganja while you’re doing the horizontal mambo isn’t going to make you smarter. What these studies may mean is that people who are smarter might be attracted to these activities. Personally, I think the most interesting thing to take away from studies like this is that the things you may have always assumed were true really aren’t. People will always surprise you, which is a great reason not to get overly caught up in first impressions or to pigeonhole people with stereotypes. That makes the world a much more interesting place, don’t you think?