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Science just found that wearing glasses could mean you’re more intelligent

Words by Veronica Stanford

Feeling great rn.

It’s a well-known fact that wearing glasses makes you appear smarter. Having recently joined the bespectacled club myself, I feel a sense of importance when I look in the mirror and catch a glimpse of my new frame-covered face.

But now it seems, wearing glasses does a little more than just make you look intelligent.

In a win for spectacle-clad folk everywhere, a study published in the journal Nature Communications has found people who wear glasses could actually be more intelligent than those with great eyesight.

After looking at the genetics of 300,486 people of European descent between the ages of 16 and 102, The University of Edinburgh found those with a higher cognitive function are 28% more likely to wear glasses.

I don’t know about you, but I am feeling great about myself rn.

The findings also concluded that not all forms of vision impairment correlated with greater intelligence. Those with nearsightedness were overall the most intelligent, while people with farsightedness scored lower on the cognitive function test. 

Of course, further study will need to be undertaken in this area to prove the findings. For me? That’s all the proof I need to commit to these frames for good.

nature.com/ncomms

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