Science says that if you stay up late, you’re probably smarter
The New York Times just published the cutest article about President Obama’s work habits, and how he works alone late into the night, snacking on almonds and occasionally catching a sports game on the TV.
As if trying to live our lives as close to Obama’s as possible wasn’t impetus enough to celebrate staying up late, scientists are finding that people who stay up later are likely to be smarter than those who go to be early.
Among this group of night owls is not just Obama, but also Fran Lebowitz, Charles Darwin, and Elvis Presley!
One study published in Psychology Today says that children who stay up are smarter, and another study shows that while people who get up early might do better in school, night owls perform better later in life.
One theory the second study presents is that:
“…intelligent children are more likely to grow up to be nocturnal because in ancestral times any activities at night would have been novel and would, therefore, have been more likely to attract people with inquisitive minds.”
An article in indy100 also mentions some other often-criticized behaviors that are actually signs of intelligence. Not only is bad handwriting one of them, but also cursing and messiness are as well. Apparently, if you leave your room messy, it could be a sign that your mind is on other things. And, cleanliness even can prevent creative thought!
At this rate, there is literally nothing our parents can critique us for anymore, and we. are. loving. it.