80% of People Failed the World’s Shortest IQ Test

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If you want to check your IQ but don’t want to spend hours on a complex test, we have just the one for you! This is the world’s shortest IQ test, which consists of only three questions.

TikToker @chibimallo, admitted that she “failed immediately,” as did the majority of other people who took the test. In fact, this Cognitive Reflection Test was created by MIT professor Shane Frederick in 2005, and given to 3,428 people. Out of all those individuals, only 17% of them passed the test.

So, are you smarter than the majority of the world?

The Questions

  • A bat and a ball cost $1.10 in total, the bat costs $1 more than the ball. How much does the ball cost?
  • If it takes five machines five minutes to make five widgets, how long would it take 100 machines to make 100 widgets?
  • In a lake, there’s a patch of lily pads. Every day the patch doubles in size, if it takes 48 days for the patch to cover the entire lake how long would it take for the patch to cover half of the lake?

Apparently, this test is designed to “yield impulsive erroneous responses.” Meaning, you probably shouldn’t go with your first instincts on this one.

The Answers

  • The ball costs five cents, making the bat $1.05. Together, they total $1.10.
  • It would still take five minutes. Each machine produces one widget in five minutes, so 100 machines working simultaneously maintain the same time frame.
  • The patch could cover half of the lake on day 47. Most people were misled into thinking it’s 24 days, so don’t worry if that happened to you too.
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If you managed to answer at least one question correctly, you’ve outperformed the 33% who scored zero on this brief yet challenging IQ test.

Understanding and Fighting the Loneliness of New Fatherhood

The arrival of your first child is a life-changing moment, filled with happiness and joy. But the excitement of this transition into new fatherhood can be met with unforeseeable loneliness, caused by emotional or situational factors or sometimes both. Fewer invitations for a game night from your friends, the daily toil of baby care, your wife’s diverted attention toward the new baby, etc. can be very isolating in reality. After a period, this can leave you feeling helpless, left out, and gradually withdrawn. Read on to know more about understanding and addressing the problem of loneliness among new fathers.

Who’s Likely to Become Lonely?

In today’s world, the concept of fatherhood is rapidly evolving from being the stereotypical non-nurturing disciplinarian breadwinner father to becoming a more caring, loving, and participating father. According to Dr. Charles Schaeffer, an NYC-based psychologist, these new-age new dads are most likely to fall victim to this loneliness of new fatherhood, as they reject the stereotypical notions for good but don’t have any set models or examples to follow.

Why Can New Fatherhood Bring Loneliness?

According to Dr. Schaeffer, while feeling lonely, many new fathers choose not to share that with their wives as they either don’t want to spoil their experience as new moms or don’t want to sound like they’re complaining or nagging. Though new dads are likely to be awed seeing the close natural bond between newborns and their mothers, after a few months, it can increase the feeling of being left out and the resultant loneliness. But the traditional idea of gender roles and manhood prevents men from sharing or opening up about their vulnerable feelings. Add the lesser knowledge of baby care to this emotional stoicism and there’s your ready recipe for new-dad loneliness.

How Can Someone Find Support?

Feeling a little lonely now and then while adjusting to new fatherhood is normal and not that worrying. As Dr. Schaeffer explains, it’s a question of degree, like how often you feel lonely or isolated and long for contact with friends or other people. Loneliness can lead to a constant feeling of being numb and distant, or even resentful rage and insensible irritation. So, addressing the problem by sharing it with your partner or co-parent is essential, as it will also help you to figure out ways to be more included as a new dad. Sharing with other new or experienced fathers in your circle or on social media also helps with getting compassionate advice.