It’s a long-running assumption. Those who wear glasses are smarter. However, one study has discovered that it is actually true.
As far back as the thirteenth century, eyeglasses have been used by both the stupid and the blind alike to add points to their assumed IQ, or points of interest to an otherwise bland personality. As someone who has both bought glasses with nothing in the frame, and who also answered yes to the question you don’t really need glasses, but would you like them anyway, so I consider myself an expert on this particular social condition.
It has long been a thing. We’ve seen it in movies, we’ve read it in books, we’ve witnessed it in video clips.
Need intelligence? Just add specs.
It’s long been a work of fiction, but according to a recent study, it seems that those who wear glasses are actually smarter. For realises.
“This study, the largest genetic study of cognitive function, has identified many genetic differences that contribute to the heritability of thinking skills,” says genetic statistician Gail Davies from the University of Edinburgh in the UK.
“The discovery of shared genetic effects on health outcomes and brain structure provides a foundation for exploring the mechanisms by which these differences influence thinking skills throughout a lifetime.”
The study combed through the genetic information of over 300,000 individuals databases, in which participants submitted samples for DNA analysis, answered questionnaires, and underwent tests designed to give a measure of their general cognitive ability.
To be honest, this study discovered so many positives I suspect it might have been cobbled together by a glasses person. According to the findings, wearers were significantly less likely to experience hypertension, heart attack, angina, lung cancer or osteoarthritis. They were also 30 per cent less likely to experience a major depressive disorder, and 17 per cent more likely to live longer.
So, get blind I suppose.
The real question is one of stereotype.
Is the unfair school ground assumption that only the dorkiest wear glasses therefore correct, and is it then ok to neg these people as because they’re smart – because science says so?
Sorry, Pointdexter. Best spec yourself if you want to socially wreck yourself.