What constitutes an intelligent person? Someone with an off the chart IQ? Someone who is musically gifted? Someone who can put together Ikea furniture? The reality is that there are many measures of intelligence and the world is ripe with endless varieties of them.

Contrary to the notion that a lot of people have, many  people with the highest IQs aren’t all hanging out in the library, in a lab conducting research or working on getting the Nobel prize. They’re staying up late, doing drugs and having sex, more so than people with lower IQs.

One study, published in Personality and Individual Differences, showed that intelligent people often have different circadian rhythms, and tend to stay up later than people of average and lower intelligence.

A National Child Development study that was reported on in Psychology Today showed that people who have higher IQs are much more likely to experiment with psychoactive drugs than people with lower IQs. The UK based study indicated that people who ranked higher for childhood IQs were more likely to consume psychoactive drugs later in life. A study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health showed similar findings.

Researches in the UK found that students attending  some of the world’s most prestigious universities, such as Cambridge or Oxford, spent more money on sex toys than students who attended other universities. This might be an indication that the more elite the university, the more students have sex

These and other studies seem to indicate that there’s a link between people of higher intelligence being more likely to stay up late, experiment with psychoactive drugs and having higher and more adventurous sex drives than people of average or lower intelligence.

Source: myscienceacademy.org.