Numbers Don't Lie

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Your IQ, wealth and health

Your childhood IQ could predict your wealth and longevity.

The fact that on average, higher IQ makes you richer is well documented. For example, a 1992 American Enterprise Institute research studied 1,704 pairs of siblings, found that the brighter ones earned an average of $33,500, while the less-smart ones made on average $20,000--a 67 percent disparity. (In today's dollars, this is about $45,367 to $27,000.)
I don't have numbers handy yet, but high IQ people do live healthier lives. This may because high IQ people know how to taking care of themselves better. Consider this - Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (Jan. 2004), reported that masses of people can't follow their drug prescriptions correctly. Of the 1.8 billion prescriptions made, 50% are incorrectly taken. It's possible that people just don't understand the instructions. After all, in the United States, 11 million people or 5% adults can't read English. How can you live long if you can't even read prescriptions right ?

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder how people with high IQs and mental disorders affect the numbers. And for taking meds, a lot of people just don't like taking them and don't finish their pills....

1:50 AM

 
Blogger half said...

Evidently I'ma lot dumber than I thought.... :>

4:59 AM

 
Blogger Jeff Pioquinto,SJ said...

nice blog. just passing by. thanks

5:22 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's the biggest load of BS I've ever read in my life. IQ ain't got nothin' to do with earning power.

Earning power is determined by leadership. Do your homework and you'll find that good leaders are NOT those whith the highest IQ's...

Go BS someone else..

10:47 PM

 

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