There’s a fine line between being lazy and a genius dad hack. Some guys make laundry folding machines. Others turn their bellies into perfectly good chip plates. It’s a mixed bag. But the next time anyone calls you anything but brilliant for your chill habits, you have a response that’s backed by neurological research: Your brain is just hardwired that way.
The study from the University College London put 52 people through as series of tests. Participants first had to identify if a collection of dots on a screen was drifting to the right or to the left by pulling a lever one way or the other. Without telling them, researchers increased the weight resistance on the levers. In response, subjects answered incorrectly in order to avoid exerting extra effort, often without realizing it. It’s like when your spouse asks you to take out the trash when you’re watching the game. “I’ll do it later,” might not be the “right answer” but it’s the one you’re gonna go with.
Interestingly, people’s perceptual biases remained even after got rid of the levels and were just asked to report the direction of the dots verbally. “Our brain tricks us into believing the low-hanging fruit really is the ripest,” explained the study’s lead author Nobuhiro Hagura. That explains why your tiny human is also lazy. What other fruit are they supposed to reach?
It’s possible being lazy isn’t a bad habit but a natural neurological response. Much like the study, it’s just a matter of perspective. Perhaps it’s your brains way of working smarter, not harder, and who are you to argue? So let the chips fall where they may. Someone else will probably clean that up.