Suara.com – On social media like Instagram, we often find many inspirational quotes or words of wisdom scattered. But you know, a study found that people who like it and enjoy sharing it on social media actually have a level of intelligence or Intelligence quotient (IQ) is lower.
Quoting from Independent.ie, study entitled On the Reception and Detection of Pseudo-Profound Bull ** it found that those who felt ‘lifted’ by motivational quotes scored lower on the overall IQ test.
In addition, research has found that lovers of inspirational quotes or words of wisdom are also more likely to believe in psychics and conspiracy theories.
Study published in the journal Judgment and Decision Making This year 2015 involved more than 845 participants. They were asked to rate how much they believed the series of wise quotes.
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Many of the quotes shown to participants were genuine, but researchers also included artificial quotes using positive and affirmative vocabulary which they then asked participants to rate how much they believed it.
After that, each participant underwent a cognitive test to assess their intelligence.
Quoting Indiatoday.in, the researchers used randomly generated sentence excerpts from the New Age Bull ** it Generator and another website called the Wisdom of Chopra.
Some quotes are meaningless, such as “nature is an ecosystem of self-regulating consciousness” and “this life is nothing but a glorious oasis of self-conscious belief.”
As a result, some fail to distinguish between quotes that are meaningful and those that are truly profound. And it is the people who share lots of quotes or words of wisdom online.
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The researcher also sees individuals who cannot distinguish “nonsense” statements and perceives them as wise as less intelligent and unlikely to engage in reflective thinking.