Have you ever thought that you are going nowhere in your life from doing nothing? Do you always hear people telling you to do some actual work? Before you think of yourself as an official slacker, science says otherwise.
According to a study published in the Journal of Healthy Psychology, “those who don’t do, think instead.”
Researchers from the Florida Gulf Coast University tested 60 individuals. Half of the test subjects were branded as "thinkers" while the other half were "non-thinkers" using the "need for cognition" test, an assessment instrument that quantitatively measures the extent to which individuals are inclined towards effortful cognitive activities. The candidates were monitored for a week with a device attached to their wrists which tracked their movements and activity levels. The data from the device shows how physically active they were throughout the entire testing period.
The results showed that intelligent people tend to live a more sedentary lifestyle as they rarely get bored and spend more time thinking. On the other hand, people who spend their day doing physical activities and living a more active lifestyle are often non-thinkers. They spend their time moving around a lot in order to escape their own thoughts.
However, the researchers warned of the negative effects of those who are more intelligent and lazier. According to the study's lead researcher, Todd McElroy, regardless of how clever the less active people are, they should aim to raise their overall activity levels to improve their health.
"Ultimately, an important factor that may help more thoughtful individuals combat their lower average activity levels is awareness,” explains the British Psychological Society in their interpretation of the study.
"Awareness of their tendency to be less active, coupled with an awareness of the cost associated with inactivity, more thoughtful people may then choose to become more active throughout the day.”
In short, you can still enjoy your Netflix binge, just don’t over-do it. Or as we usually say to the Juan Tamads of our country, galaw-galaw naman diyan.