Does wearing glasses make you look more intelligent?

Does wearing glasses make you look more intelligent?

Life has a blind sense of humour

 

I spent most of my childhood wishing I didn’t have to wear glasses, and from the age of 15 begged my parents to get me contact lenses so I wouldn’t have to look like a geek aymore (geeks weren’t fashionable in the 90’s I’m afraid).

So now of course I can afford my own contact lenses and don’t really wear specs much despite buying a ridiculously expensive pair of Tiffany glasses last year.

The other day, I turned up at work wearing glasses for the first time.

The first thing my boss said when I walked into the meeting room was ‘oh, you look intelligent today!’

 

Great. Thanks Boss (Do I not usually look intelligent, then…).

Such a stereotype. And yet, the web is filled with articles about how wearing glasses will trick people into thinking you are actually smarter – some rather entertaining e.g. GQ and others simply pointing out ‘scientific facts’ e.g. business insider.

 

I don’t like stereotypes

But a day in the office wearing glasses was an eye opener, literally

Wearing glasses works, and it is so ridiculously simple. People listen to you as a subject matter expert more – especially if they are quite senior. It’s probably the academic look or something.

“Studies show that wearing glasses makes you look 70% smarter than you actually are

 

Even the furtive looks people give you in the lift, or in meetings.. it is different and it feels different. 

Glasses do more than make you look intelligent, they give you an aura of power and mystery – how you use that power is up to you.

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