Is stupidity contagious?


   Stupidity is lack of intelligence, understanding, reason, wit, or sense. It is a quality or state of being stupid, or an act or idea that exhibits properties of being stupid. - according Wikipedia;

State, quality, or fact of being stupid; dullness of mind; extreme folly; Ignorance, nonsense, absurdity;

As a part of an analysis, a group of college students were asked to read a story about a daft (stupid) person, and then were put to the test. The results showed that they actually did worse than a group that read a story about a banal protagonist. They read “Slow on the Uptake”, story about Meier, person who wakes, is confused by an adage on his calendar, gets drunk, attends a soccer match and misses the outcome because he brawls. The students either summarized the story or underlined passages where Meier differed from them.

Afterward, they were given a difficult test that included questions about geography, science and art. The students who had read about Meier scored 30-32%, compared to the control group who mentally were distanced from the character, actually scored 37%.


“Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.” - George Carlin

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” - Albert Einstein

If you surround yourself with rich people, you will watch, hear and learn how easy it is to make money. If you are regularly surrounded with poor people, then you’ll constantly hear about the difficulty of making money, surviving the day and life.

Same if you are surrounded with fit, sporty people, or with out-of-shape fat people. With the first you will actually take good care about your health and body, or in the second type, “Unhealthy” food will be the first on your list.

Why do you think that if your environment is full with stupidity, you wont get the same result?

So choose wisely who you spend your time with, cause you know how they say: You become who and what you surround yourself with.

“Surround yourself with people who make you happy. People who make you laugh, who help you when you’re in need. People who genuinely care. They are the ones worth keeping in your life. Everyone else is just passing through.” – Karl Marx

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