This Is What Your Taste in Movies Says About Your IQ

Sophie Miura
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If you love nothing more than to order takeout, get cozy on the couch, and switch on an unabashedly trashy movie, science has good news: It might actually mean you're smarter than the average person. While we might normally associate a high-brow taste in films with a high IQ, a new study published in the interdisciplinary arts and culture journal Poetics suggests otherwise. 

Hear us out: Researchers from the Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Germany surveyed 372 participants, many of whom had a strong presence on Facebook or trashy film–focused online forums. While there was no pre-selected list of titles, participants described "trashy films" as being poorly made, low-budget movies (think Sharknado, Clueless, or The Interview). 

They discovered that people who enjoy trashy movies appreciate the irony. Researchers said it indicates "a positive, transgressive deviance from the cinematic mainstream." Translation: We know they're badly made films, but we love watching them for the humor and entertainment value. 

Those with low-brow taste in films also appreciated art cinema and have a high level of education: 43.3% held a university degree and could be described as "cultural omnivores," lead researcher and film scholar Keyvan Sarkhosh told Huffington Post. So, next time you're met with a judgemental stare when you suggest a movie to watch, there's no need to feel embarrassed. It just means you're probably smarter. 

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