OK, so first of all, I'm not saying you NEED glasses to be intelligent. I'm also not saying that wearing glasses makes you intelligent (or geeky, for that matter, have you seen The Social Network?) All I'm saying is that it tends to be a preconceived notion- whether right or wrong- that people with glasses appear to be cleverer, harder working, more intellectual than others. Having just taken a Grade 5 Music Theory exam and awaiting the joyous occasion that is my GCSEs, I think I could do with a miracle cure for inattention! And it's always worth a try, so I put on these 3-D glasses with the lenses poked out (I don't have any real or even plain glass ones, though Urban Outfitters have a range which may be worthy of some cash splashing) and how do I feel?
I feel more intelligent,
I look more intelligent,
But a quick look at my maths homework reveals the truth: I am no more intelligent than before.
Of course, thinking about it, this makes total sense, why should there be a relationship between poor eyesight and high IQ? So that begs the question, where does the whole only-smart-people-wear-glasses thing come from? The truth is that like most stereotypes, the whole thing comes from some super-brains wearing glasses like Stephen Hawking, and others making a connection in their mind.
Having said that, wearing glasses has loads of advantages, besides being considered cleverer: your eyes look bigger; you have the option of wearing some designers all the time; the right thickness adds interest to your face; the right shape emphasises your cheekbones. Why don't we all wear them?