According to the British newspaper ‘The Telegraph’ 1 out of 5 British people do things like going to the opera, wearing glasses (while they actually don’t need them) or carrying a distinguished book on vacation in order to look smarter. What’s more is that men are two times more likely wanting to impress friends or colleagues than women by quoting Shakespeare or to fake that they like jazz music. 1 out of 5 adults sometimes pretends to be smarter than he or she actually is. In London this number even doubles to more than 40 %. The least wannabe region is Scotland where according to a survey of ask.com only 14 % of survey respondents claim to do things that make them look more intelligent.
Also popular in the list of things to look smarter is to talk loudly on politics in the presence of others, reading serious books on the beach, pretend that a smart remark by someone else was actually invented by oneself or visit an art gallery (while not interested at all). There’s even more where that came from: listening to classical music,talking about operas that you’ve never seen or also pretending to be an eminent wine connoisseur. Two out of three people tries to impress friends while 36 % adopts a smartass attitude at work every once in a while. Of course impressing a (potential) partner is in the same league with about 32 % of respondents that admit having impressed an amorous candidate in the past. Interesting about this survey is that social media seem to have an important influence on this phenomenon. People more than often seem to share complex political matters on Facebook or retweet witty tweets on Twitter in order to present themselves as (online) intellectuals. Fascinating and fun !