April’s eyebrow raiser:
Looks can be deceiving…

SES, 28 March 2020


They say to never judge a book by its cover. But is it acceptable to judge someone’s intelligence by whether they wear glasses?

It turns out the answer is… kind of… maybe?


As romance films have repeatedly told us – people who wear glasses are super-smart (and that nerds will take their glasses off in a makeover and become far more attractive). 

However a recent study by researchers from the University of Edinburgh have concluded that “specifically, people who were more intelligent were almost 30% more likely to have genes which might indicate they’d need to wear glasses.”

The study was the largest of its kind ever conducted, with researchers checking data in the UK from over 300,000 people aged between 16 and 102.

According to the results there was “significant genetic overlap between general cognitive function, reaction time, and many health variables including eyesight, hypertension, and longevity”.

All of this should be taken with a rather large grain of salt however. This correlation is subjective, particularly when it comes to what ‘intelligence’ means and how it is measured (and DNA is not necessarily the best place to link intelligence too either).

So what does it mean for our glasses-wearing readers? Perhaps it’s best to assume you’re above-average intelligence… but be ready to be proven otherwise.