Ladies and gentlemen, if you wear glasses, here’s good news: you may be smarter than ordinary people … Well, those who do not wear glasses. A study published in the British magazine The Guardian revealed that wearing glasses is associated with superior intelligence. But you probably already knew it.
Wearing glasses would be linked to superior intelligence
In this very important study, researchers from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland analyzed the cognitive and genetic data of more than 300,000 people aged 16 to 102 years. The results revealed “a significant genetic overlap between general cognitive function, reaction time and many health variables including vision, hypertension and longevity”. Specifically, the smartest people were almost 30% more likely to have genes that might indicate they should wear glasses.
Although intelligence can be linked to vision problems, it is also linked to many health benefits. The study also found that people with higher cognitive functions lived longer, had a lower risk of developing certain types of cancer, and even had a healthier heart.
Forget about genetics, there’s plenty of empirical evidence that wearing glasses, whether you need them or not, makes people think you’re smarter. A number of studies have shown that people who wear glasses are perceived as smarter, more reliable and honest.
This is why many defense lawyers force their clients to wear glasses during a trial. Harvey Slovis, an American criminal lawyer, told the American newspaper New York: “The glasses soften the appearance of the accused, so that they do not seem able to commit a crime.
I have known cases where there was a lot of evidence against my clients, and during their trial, they were wearing glasses, and they ended up being acquitted … This little detail contributed a lot to their defense.
Eyeglasses, new fashion accessory
While it has never been possible to measure the intelligence in a concrete and especially precise way, the symbolism of the glasses, it began to change as and when. Non-prescription eyewear has become a fashion accessory, worn by people seeking a sophisticated or cool look.
Does this mean that you should go out and buy a pair of glasses, even if you do not need it? Absolutely not. A 2010 study shows that fake eyeglasses tend to make people more “dishonest”. Not only that, but they can even change your self-perception … Even the American magazine GQ, originally Gentlemen’s Quarterly, calls this practice “downright shameful”. A good mid-way point might be simply to get a pair of glasses that dim the blue light (that is, the light that comes from your computer screen or tablet and synchronizes with your circadian rhythm) .
As interesting as they are, these data lead us to two conclusions. The first is that the results are correlations and not necessarily concrete links.
And the second is that the act of measuring intelligence is subjective and not an entirely quantitative process.
Since the study is too large to definitively establish a direct link between sight disorders and high intelligence, the researchers noted that much more research is needed on this topic.