I often fight with my teen son about his messy room, his language (although mine isn’t always so great either) and his refusal to go to bed before midnight most nights! But maybe it’s not all as concerning as I originally thought. Have you seen the article that is flooding social media, Expert Says: Intelligent people go to bed late, leave a mess everywhere and use bad language? Just yesterday, I tweeted a photo of my son’s clothes piled up ON TOP of his hamper begging the Twitter Universe to give me advice on how to get his clothes in the hamper. Now, maybe I shouldn’t get so worked up. Apparently, it’s a sign of intellect. Here’s what the article says:
- Clever people sometimes use bad language: Researchers asked a group of people to recall as many swear words as possible. The people who could remember the most had the highest IQ ratings out of everyone. My son definitely has a large repertoire of curse words!
- Many talented and intelligent people habitually stay up late into the night: Research has linked night owls with higher IQ score. Yup, we have this covered as well. Every night is a fight for him to turn off his lights!
- A messy desk and intelligence go hand in hand: This is my son’s lucky day. Research at the University of Minnesota confirmed that the chaos on someone’s desk indicates that they’re not, in fact, just a messy person, but that their brain is focused on what really matters!
My take away? He’s a genius!