According to new research, the smarter your kids are, the more likely they are to use drugs, as higher IQs in children correlated strongly to illegal drug use later in life. Could it be that this is a response to their heightened ability to recognize cruel, cruel reality?
Maybe! Researchers are still on the fence about this:
Although it is not yet clear exactly why there should be a link between high IQ and illicit drug use, the authors point to previous research, showing that highly intelligent people are open to experiences and keen on novelty and stimulation.
Essentially, this means that smart people are harder to keep entertained. But it's also possible they're just wounded after years of teasing for their nerdy ways:
Other research has also shown that brainy children are often easily bored and suffer at the hands of their peers for being different, "either of which could conceivably increase vulnerability to using drugs as an avoidant coping strategy," explain the authors.
Either way, maybe not a bad idea to lay off the Baby Mozart tapes if you don't want your kid growing up into a giant stoner. It's science!