But you knew that already. At least I hope you did. I hope you were aware that the people who log into Facebook at 6:45 a.m. to say “Rise and Grind, you get what you sweat, and remember, after the end of the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box,” were working with about a hundred million fewer firing neurons than the rest of us.
But you couldn’t call them on being dumb, because it was just a feeling you had. You knew that smart, intelligent people didn’t swear by the hashtags The Rock uses on Instagram. You knew Steve Jobs never said to himself “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” No, he just did shit, because he was smart and realized platitudes were a waste of time.
Now, though, science has proof the “Think Big, Do Bigger” crowd are functionally brain dead. From The Telegraph:
Ever get annoyed by people on social media who share ‘profound’ quotes, or use meaningless, intelligent-sounding soundbites in arguments?
A new study has shown that there is a link between these people and low intelligence.
It found that those who are receptive to pseudo-profound, intellectual-sounding ‘bullshit’ are less intelligent, less reflective, and more likely to be believe in conspiracy theories, the paranormal and alternative medicine.
Lol yup. Just take some Melanin before bedtime. That’ll cure your sleepy blues. But how did researchers prove this?
By literally feeding participants in the study a ton of bullshit quotes and seeing if people could differentiate them from real philosophical statements.
The BS came from a random generator that stung together nonsense words. You can try it here.
Examples include: Consciousness consists of expanding wave functions of quantum energy. “Quantum” means a blossoming of the technological.
You and I are dreamweavers of the dreamscape.
Reality has always been buzzing with entities whose chakras are enveloped in passion.
The paper said that those who were more receptive to the bullshit statements and who tended to rate them higher were “less reflective, lower in cognitive ability(i.e verbal and fluid intelligence, numeracy,) and are more prone to ontological confusions and conspiratorial ideation.”
It also said they were more likely to “hold religious and paranormal beliefs, and are more likely to endorse complementary and alternative medicine.”
And now you’ll never feel bad about ignoring anything they post to social media ever again.
Even though you do get what you sweat.