People who post inspirational quotes online are less intelligent

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People Who Post Inspirational Quotes Online Are Less Intelligent


Posting inspirational quotes on the Internet may make you feel deep, but it doesn't actually make you smarter.

Actually, the opposite is true. We've all rolled our eyes at Facebook memes with saying like "Stars can't shine without darkness," and many of us have been the perpetrator too.

But psychologists in charge of a new study called these messages "pseudo-profound BS."

They also defined them as "seemingly impressive assertions that are presented as true and meaningful but are actually vacuous."

Researchers also wanted to know if some people were more receptive to those empty quotes than others.

So they grabbed 845 volunteers and asked them to rate a few statements, based on how profound they were.

Some were real, like the Deepak Chopra quote reading, "Attention and intention are the mechanics of manifestation." Others were fake, like, "Most people enjoy some sort of music."

They found that the respondents more responsive to the "pseudo-profound" messages were "less reflective, lower in cognitive ability, and more likely to endorse alternative medicine" than others."

So the next time you get the urge to post an introspective meme online, maybe crack one of Deepak Chopra's many books instead.

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