It’s easy to beat yourself up after spending a day lazing around the house not getting anything done. Well, a new study by the Journal of Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Science has discovered that laziness may actually increase an animal’s chance of survival. They studied molluscs, which revealed to the researchers that animals who expend less energy live longer than those who expend more.
A postdoctoral researcher from the University of Kansas’ Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum, named Luke Strotz, had this to say in a press release…
“Those that have lower energy maintenance requirements seem more likely to survive than those organisms with a higher metabolic rate.”
He goes on to say…
“We see these results as generalizable to other groups, at least within the marine realm.
Some of the next steps are to expand it out to other clades, to see if the result is consistent with some things we know about other groups.”
The study goes on to explain that metabolism is just one factor that goes into a species’ survival, but the breakthrough provides new avenues of research.
People celebrated the news…
Excellent! At least I presume this is excellent, I was too lazy to read the whole thing:https://t.co/mMWBF9Iw7i
— Glyn Heaviside (@Gheaviside) August 27, 2018
I’ll live to see flying cars and holographic FaceTime then.
— Loch Nessie (@Loch____Nessie) August 26, 2018
ME peeps – might be hope for us yet!
— Clare (@cinders167) August 26, 2018
Others remained skeptical…
.@Independent This is logical only in an environment with no natural predators. When survival is a risk, natural selection favors the ACTIVE not LAZY trait. Propagating the active trait produces viable offspring. Unless, this is a political metaphor, then nevermind. #logic
— Institute for Logic in Politics (@InstituteLogPol) August 26, 2018
What is your long life for if its make you a lazy? Don't listen be active as much as possible. This the life meaning.
— Ala O. Zayed (@haszaid81) August 26, 2018
What’s so good about living long? Surely a life being happy is more important. Lots of depressed people are “lazy”
— Scentless Apprentice (@grizzlygraeme) August 27, 2018
And this person was all of us when they said…
@GravitopiaToons turns out I’m immortal
— Patrick (@_Patrick2181) August 26, 2018
Yup. Us too.