Up in Smoke: Artists Do It Better

By Vanessa Butler

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Remember in college when all of the girls would flock to the guy that could quote Allen Ginsberg poems at the drop of a hat and would paint portraits instead of hitting the bars with the boys? In a study published in The Proceeding of the Royal Society B in 1995, researchers found that the number of sexual partners rose in accordance with the number of creative activities the person was involved with. "Creative people are often considered to be very attractive and get lots of attention as a result," explained researcher Daniel Nettle in a news release. "It could also be that very creative types lead a bohemian lifestyle and tend to act on more sexual impulses and opportunities, often purely for experience's sake, than the average person would."

The study also showed that creative people shared mainly the same personality traits as schizophrenics, for example erratic impulsive behavior and unusual experiences. While the numbers of sexual partners were more normal for the schizophrenics, Daniel Nettle believes that because people with schizophrenia tend to suffer from lack of emotion and social withdrawal and artists tend to be more vocal, people are more drawn to those qualities and see them as intriguing.

So, it's up to you guys. You can either pretend you're a sex crazed hippie maniac, or keep trying your luck at meeting the girl of your dreams at the sports bar.


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