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Monogamous individuals have higher IQ


As I was flipping through radio stations on the way to work, I happened to overhear a very interesting conversation on a morning show. Ironically, it was on a station that I don't really listen to. The premise of the debate was that there was a recent study indicating that individuals who were sexually monogamous have a higher IQ.

Granted, there were several callers who debated if the claim is true at all. I must say that I didn't get the background. Therefore, I have no reference as to who performed the study, how many people were involved, how they measured the results, etc. Many callers agreed with the claim stating that it made sense due to the fact that most people in monogamous relationships have deeper conversations than those involved with multiple partners. Other callers agreed with the claim, stating the claim seems accurate, but the monogamy is a result of the higher IQ. They argued that smarter people generally will not sleep around as much as someone that doesn't recognize the risks involved.

One caller made the claim that he thought the opposite is true because it takes more effort, time, and smarts to keep multiple lovers in line. He also suggested looking at all the millionaires involved with multiple partners, such as Kobe Bryant and Tiger Woods. I thought this argument was beyond absurd. A) It doesn't take someone with a high IQ to become a millionaire B) We're not measuring athletic ability, we're looking at IQ. C) If these individuals are so smart, they wouldn't have gotten caught.

I'm not sure what I believe as far as monogamy leading to a higher IQ. I do believe that monogamy has many benefits and would be interested to look into this topic. What do you think? Does sexual monogamy lead to a higher IQ?


  • Charlene Collins ~ Atlanta Family Health Examiner 5 years ago

    I don't know that I believe that either.

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