'Couch potatoes more docile'

Published: 10/12/2010

Couch potatoes are more docile, say scientists, who claim to have found a link between an individual's personality and their capacity to exercise or generate energy, explaining the different behaviours.
"Humans are not the only animals that choose to exercise and -- as with people -- individuals within the same species differ in their levels of activity," said Peter Biro of University of New South Wales, who led the study.
Likewise, researchers now recognise that many animals have "personality", in that they display consistent differences in behaviours.
According to Dr Biro, it is significant that those behaviours often relate to the rates at which they acquire and expend energy through feeding or activity.
"Some of us are couch potatoes while others are drawn to sport and exercise. We often associate the athletic 'jock' type or person with being aggressive and social, whereas the more sedentary 'nerd' often is seen as more socially awkward and submissive.

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