There is a clear monotonic association between childhood general intelligence and adult consumption of psychoactive drugs.
“Very bright” individuals (with IQs above 125) are roughly three-tenths of a standard deviation more likely to consume psychoactive drugs than “very dull” individuals (with IQs below 75).
Another study published in 2011 in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health found that people who scored high on intelligence tests as children were much more likely to experiment with illegal drugs in their adulthood, especially cannabis.
Another study published in 2012 came upon the exact same discovery that intelligent children were more likely to use cannabis, amphetamines, and magic mushrooms later in life.
3) Intelligent People Have More sex
Additionally, researchers in the UK found that students studying at universities such as Oxford and Cambridge spent more money on sex toys than at other universities.
“The correlation probably has something to do with the open-mindedness that comes with intelligence,” says Annalisa Rose, 23, who works at Honey, a high-end sex shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
“I think that the ability to engage in an open sex life comes with the abilities of introspection and logical thought, and those require some level of intelligence.
If we’re talking about an open sex life that comes from an emotionally healthy place, sexual morals are mostly made up anyway and intelligent people can rationalize past them.
High-achievers aim for excellence in all areas of their life, so it makes sense that achieving sexual happiness is one of their goals.”
This is quite a significant sociological finding. Students studying at the worlds most elite universities also spend the most money on sex toys.
It also appears that the more prestigious the university, the more students have sex.
These findings which were reported on The Telegraph have sparked speculation that high intelligence might be correlated with an increased sex drive.
Here is a list of the top 5 Universities that spend the most amount of money on sex toys per year:
1) Cambridge £9,793
2) Oxford £9,689
3) Manchester £5,441
4) Lancaster £4,103
5) York £3,751
What does this all mean?
Correlation does not imply causation. This does not mean that staying up late, doing drugs, and experimenting with sex toys makes you more intelligent.
But it seems to be the case that people who naturally have a higher degree of intelligence partake in these activities naturally because they are drawn to them.
Maybe it is because of their open-mindedness, their desire to expand their mind and their experience, or a biological urge to experiment with something novel.
Chances are, a lot of people reading this tend to stay up late and indulge in life’s pleasures. This is not necessarily a bad thing, and it may even be a natural consequence of having an above-average IQ.
These three studies completely shatter everything we would expect to be true about people of high intelligence.
It seems to be the intellectuals that are having the most fun. I think it’s time we let go of old stereotypes.