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Wearing glasses may really mean you're smarter, major study finds

By the Guardian

It’s not just a pop culture trope – a University of Edinburgh study has found intelligent people are 30% more likely to have genes related to poor eyesightRead full story

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  • Jing Cao
    Jing CaoQuartz

    Glasses also serve as the most amazing mask. Put on your glasses and all of a sudden, you’re a different person and no one can tell you’re Superman.

  • “GQ called wearing fake glasses “bottom-of-the-barrel hipster behavior”. My 5-year old says that because I wear glasses she wants to wear glasses, but I think I’ll word it differently than GQ.

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  • Mitch Eiven
    Mitch EivenFreelance Writer

    A few years ago my optometrist decided I have near sightedness or far sightedness. I’m still not sure which is which. I have some trouble with distances. Irrespective, he prescribed glasses. The moment I put them on I immediately determined that I was, finally, cool. Prior to my glasses I was not cool. I was fashionably incomplete. I can’t say I became more intelligent. I certainly didn’t feel any smarter. I just felt cooler. Let’s juxtapose that adolescent-like adult feeling against those of my

    A few years ago my optometrist decided I have near sightedness or far sightedness. I’m still not sure which is which. I have some trouble with distances. Irrespective, he prescribed glasses. The moment I put them on I immediately determined that I was, finally, cool. Prior to my glasses I was not cool. I was fashionably incomplete. I can’t say I became more intelligent. I certainly didn’t feel any smarter. I just felt cooler. Let’s juxtapose that adolescent-like adult feeling against those of my childhood. At seven or eight years old I was forced to wear glasses. I had a lazy eye and had to wear clunky, bifocal lenses and, from time to time an eye patch. It took about six years to correct the optical muscle problem. I was a far more mature, self confident child then I am an adult. I didn’t think my childhood glasses made me cool. If anything, they were nothing more then a necessary nuisance-like requirement that would help me avoid a very scary surgical procedure. They were simply a means to a far more palatable happy ending. I celebrated no longer having to wear them anymore when my issue fully corrected itself. I think it’s obvious, in my case, a predilection to needing glasses is not an indication of intellectual superiority. I might suggest I think the study is bunk.

  • Whitney Gallagher
    Whitney Gallagher

    I am currently suffering from poor, strained eye sight due to my 27 years on this earth managing fine without them, its hard to start a new eye sight chapter as they say. Maybe I am afraid of the hipster stigma attached to fashion eyewear. I am a big fan of sunglasses but not so self assured in the clear frame arena.

    I hear it from my dad, an optician, that its a non subject but the essay they quote about glasses is really entertaining for me (other than the young Justin Bieber photo attached) “..

    I am currently suffering from poor, strained eye sight due to my 27 years on this earth managing fine without them, its hard to start a new eye sight chapter as they say. Maybe I am afraid of the hipster stigma attached to fashion eyewear. I am a big fan of sunglasses but not so self assured in the clear frame arena.

    I hear it from my dad, an optician, that its a non subject but the essay they quote about glasses is really entertaining for me (other than the young Justin Bieber photo attached) “... merely a symbol, a symbol of intelligence. The audience is taught two things; (a) Evidence of extensive intelligence is a social hindrance and causes unhappiness; (b) Formal education is unnecessary, can be minimised at will and the resulting limited intellectual development leads to happiness.” If thats not me I don’t know.

  • mac curtis
    mac curtis

    👓 stay close to wisdom, and she will keep you safe.love her and she will watch over you. 🕶

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