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The Science of Laziness

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Why are some people so lazy? Is there a couch-potato gene? Check out 'The Sports Gene': http://amzn.to/1hcbtTr Science Of Productivity: http://bit.ly/1m97POC SUBSCRIBE: http://bit.ly/10kWnZ7 Special thanks to David Epstein for help with this episode: http://thesportsgene.com/ ---FOLLOW US! (Links below)--- Instagram and Twitter: @whalewatchmeplz and @mitchellmoffit Clickable: http://bit.ly/16F1jeC and http://bit.ly/15J7ube Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1fjWszw Twitter: http://bit.ly/1d84R71 Tumblr: http://bit.ly/1amIPjF Vine: Search "AsapSCIENCE" on vine! Written and created by Mitchell Moffit (twitter @mitchellmoffit) and Gregory Brown (twitter @whalewatchmeplz). Further Reading-- Neurobiology of Mice Selected for High Voluntary Wheel-running Activity http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21676789 Mice from lines selectively bred for high voluntary wheel running exhibit lower blood pressure during withdrawal from wheel access http://biology.ucr.edu/people/faculty/Garland/Kolb_et_al_2013_exercise_addiction_in_High-Runner_mice.pdf Patterns of Brain Activity With Variation in Voluntary Wheel-Running Behaviour http://www.biology.ucr.edu/people/faculty/Garland/RhodesEA03Fos.pdf Current understanding of the genetic basis for physical activity. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21270357 Genetic influences on exercise participation in 37,051 twin pairs from seven countries. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17183649 Does the difference between physically active and couch potato lie in the dopamine system? http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20224735
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Viva México! (14 hours ago)
You see...It's not my fault!
Stjepan Palinic (1 day ago)
The study he is referring to was not big and, also complete garbage not to be taken seriously.
Jo Oj (1 day ago)
Not lazy, just unmotivated and don't have life purpose
Christian Tchinda (2 days ago)
Keely Homer (3 days ago)
Watch Adam ruins everything Adam ruins science so you can know how full of crap mice testing is
shallawayem aj16 (5 days ago)
My day goes like this: Wake up Watch YouTube (in bed) Watch it some more (in bed) Realise it's 12:00 pm and I have to eat Go back to bed and watch some more YouTube Watch YouTube for a couple of hours 10% battery warning Put iPad on charge Continue watching YouTube in bed Get up and eat supper Go back to bed and watch YouTube Realize it is 12:00 am Turn on hour playlist Go to sleep Yeah I'm healthy 👍🏻
Black Jack (7 days ago)
If youre in money problems but still work a lot, its not laziness, but failure to afford spending extra time to improve your condition. theres many who are homeless, underpaid, etc, and given laziness stigma, when in reality, they are suffering poverty or debt.
Patryk Wieczorek (10 days ago)
So I can blame my parents! YAY!
Justin Y. Playz (10 days ago)
Im lazy....
Aiden Luke (12 days ago)
i disagree because both of my parent they are super active. My mum wow have so much enerygy
verena marie (12 days ago)
O thank you!!! I'm so glad it's not my fault
CaptainCaspin (13 days ago)
I only work out if I listen to music while doing so
Funny how a videogame ad ran before this video :)
Paradichloronbenzene (14 days ago)
MarMar LikesBunnies (14 days ago)
I need help i start freaking out whenever I clean my room like I don’t want to get up anymore help me
Ben Janson (15 days ago)
What a load of bullshit, it’s not our genes that are the problem it’s the amount of fuckin junk food we eat and all the shit they load into the junk food that our bodies can’t handles and were never meant to consume- get off the junk food- feel better.
Jazz parmar (18 days ago)
Hit the like butten lazy gang
balakumar9 (19 days ago)
Watching this video on couch 😁
Emily Miller (22 days ago)
I wish I liked exercise.
Mike Hunt (23 days ago)
littlecutegirl 1409 (24 days ago)
Mình thấy ai làm vietsub cho video có vấn đề đó, cảm giác như bê nguyên cái google dịch vào vậy.
Angel S. (25 days ago)
I remember once I was trying to get up to go to school but instead had a dream of getting up and going to school
Nova (27 days ago)
there is such a thing as a"gene fpr", there is no "sympathy gene" or "confident gene". Genes tend to increase or decrease certain characteristics. The actions of many genes working together and other random factors produce our characteristics.
Negan Lucille (27 days ago)
Too lazy to finish this video, so bye at 56 secs
Lon Brooklyn (28 days ago)
I think laziness is like disease unless one is very wealthy!
Lon Brooklyn (28 days ago)
I think laziness is also affected by astrological factors and less by heredetery geans!
WitterCritter (28 days ago)
I have like 3 art trades I haven't even started on I got drained from my 2 previous pieces
Atlantis łłł (29 days ago)
i feel sorry for my future child
Lord Unknown (1 month ago)
I'm too lazy to compl
Progirl_Rossome (1 month ago)
I thought you said “The science of ladies”
Lol Bro (1 month ago)
I get no joy from exercise I do it for the benefits and gainz
Bryce MBryce (1 month ago)
How about working hard and youre tired. How about sleeping and not resting (in a comfortable atmosphere... Depression, hormone inbalance etc...
ihmodey '_' (1 month ago)
Evaluation ???? Hahahahahahaha Very funny joke , nice one 😂👍
robotsrule (1 month ago)
“It’s not that I’m lazy, i just don’t care” - (peter) Office Space
Saitama Black God 777 (1 month ago)
Proscastination=death a sin to avoid or it will kill you.
Nicholias Parham (1 month ago)
Only thing I’m not lazy at is masturbation.
JazzFan76 (1 month ago)
I got my laziness from my mom. She's very lazy. She does nothing all but lay in bed. I do things but it takes a lot to get me notivayed to do anything most of the time. Having depression doesn't help either.
Alfonso Offerman (1 month ago)
I just dont have that much energy to do sort of things. ''I RESPECT HUMAN THAT CAN RUN ALL DAY''
Krystian C. (1 month ago)
I don't want to be lazy. Please give me some tips. I have no idea of how to do it. I tried everything!😥😆
Annabelle Lecter (1 month ago)
Eh. Id go out....but im too lazy.
Matthew Nelson (1 month ago)
Who knows the difference between laziness and burnout?
Tbird7170 (1 month ago)
If I play video games for like 30 mins I sat to myself I gotta workout and move and I beat myself up because I play video games sometimes
miss rarity. (1 month ago)
My parents are always held up with work, That makes me ending up loving work and staying productive.
giuseppe pulitanó (1 month ago)
The mice experiment does not prove that laziness is linked with your genetics, in fact it could just be a kind of behaviour that those mice learn from their parents
francesca alexis reyez (1 month ago)
MY SISTER IS LAZY! Things That SHES Lazy: Lazy To Get Water Lazy To Get IPad Lazy to CHANGE LIFE LAZY TO BE NICE
Mai Le (1 month ago)
I have couch potato genes ish whut (but I like exercise just not doing any other productive stuff haha)
MassDogg 385 (1 month ago)
Seems like majority of my problems are genetic
Alexander Lindner (1 month ago)
but just because theres a couch potato gene doesnt mean that you shouldnt do sports
I need drugs to exercise.
Snub 38 (1 month ago)
Nothing happens naturally. You have to make it happen.
Abdel Suliman (1 month ago)
I'm too lazy to finish typi
Dialgavspalkia (1 month ago)
There's science behind this? Here I just thought I was a lazy whore for no reason🖒
Vishal Yadav (1 month ago)
Power is power
Ritchie Hardee (1 month ago)
my dad always called me lazy,my mom always called me smart,that explains why I'm 47 and live with my mom and call my dad collect.
Anime Army!!! (1 month ago)
I tell my mum I'm tired. She tells me to take vitamin B. I tell her I'm still tired. She tells me to go to sleep earlier. I tell her I'm still tired. She tells me to go do the dishes.
Bangtanularity (1 month ago)
Or you just have depression and want to die. :’)
jetnight 88 (1 month ago)
I’m just like: yo what’s up just chill with me
Justin Y’s Herald (1 month ago)
rebecca lafortune (1 month ago)
Great, now I have an excuse for lazyiness
Jessie Countary (1 month ago)
bruh. A baby can run xd.
die (1 month ago)
I need the video recommended at the end but I'm too lazy to watch it my case of laziness is really bad 😪
Jack Scoville (1 month ago)
I'm fine with being lazy...
Jack Scoville (1 month ago)
I'm lazy as shit
Alex Cochrane (1 month ago)
Was legit too lazy to listen
Camila Dale (2 months ago)
I honestly always want to start be healthier but at the store I run straight for the cheese popcorn and the soda...
Alexy Torrez (2 months ago)
I not lazy just my DNA lol 😂
new user (2 months ago)
I enjoy you videos - I love you cover supplements, health everything . do you have A video on ssri drugs? We all know the negative side effects outweigh the positive ones - are there any they do not have you fat? For people with chronic insomnia that goes far beyond supplements like theanine ETC
maybeDOS (2 months ago)
Puerto Ricans are lazy Michael.
Jukey Lenore Tv (2 months ago)
Ugh. I'm too lazy to understand this video. Too many scientific words.
Bottle’o’rainbows (2 months ago)
So, the next time my parents moan that I’m being lazy I can blame them for it 😂
Baker's Fact-ory (2 months ago)
Guess there's something wrong with me, I don't get dopamine from exercise XD
Random Videos (2 months ago)
I once heard why watch sports when you can play them. Lmfao umm cuz im not as good dumbass😂👏🏻👌🏻
Kawaii Kawaii (2 months ago)
You know you’re lazy when you’re on YouTube and you wanna know the definition to something. Instead of heading to google, you just search it in YouTube. Yep. I did that
Gavin Burke (2 months ago)
I hate not doing anything, it literally pains me not to workout
andrickson rodriguez (2 months ago)
But mom and dad are not lazy and i am 😭 dont tell me im adopted
Lazy (2 months ago)
OMG It's me!
Clayton Brown (2 months ago)
there's more to life than sports.
Clayton Brown (2 months ago)
great in all but you never take into account people get employment at places they don't necessarily want and that effects their life in a way that is usually not very visible hence a fat person may look unhealthy but might have an exhausting job whereas a person who looks active got lucky doing a job that's easy probably for pretty people and ultimately works less through the 8 hour work day or 10 if you are talking about my job right now.
VIRAT KOHLI AHMAD (2 months ago)
My father can't even work 6 hour
VIRAT KOHLI AHMAD (2 months ago)
My father can't even work 6 hour
VIRAT KOHLI AHMAD (2 months ago)
I work for 15 hour
Charles Blake (2 months ago)
For me a good day off is laying in bed all day lol! I do this all the time on my days off haha! But I still do my studying in bed haha !
Karen Sophie (2 months ago)
Watching this while laying in bed and not wanting to get up.
Arachnid (2 months ago)
10-16 generations? If they were humans, they'd have been enslaved by the Spanish
Mubashir Mahi (3 months ago)
I'm lazy cause of you Ma..
Michael Ruiz (3 months ago)
I love exarcising
Tsarevna Hilda (3 months ago)
Sloth is also a sin.
H4NTI (3 months ago)
My whole family (except my grandmom, sorry i love u) is active and not lazy at all. I'm like the only person that doesn't do anything all day and hates to be active.
Pain Peace (3 months ago)
I have lazy gen
sawadee (3 months ago)
Life is an imposition. How can you have motivation to do anything when you don't consent to life?
Dustin Gaspay (3 months ago)
Makes sense! My mom hates exercise, my dad also hates exercise.... Now here i am carrying that laziness genes...
X Rodriguez (3 months ago)
My dad is the most hard working person I know why am I the laziest? Lol
Devil Gene (3 months ago)
Im lazy and proud. Nothing beats chillaxing. You can even multitask while you chillax but be careful not to do too many things as this goes against the philosophy.
Jonny Chaos (3 months ago)
Stop usin mice. Twats.
Daniel Buse (3 months ago)
It's actually the science of "I don't really want to be here"
La Di Da Di (3 months ago)
I'm watching this to avoid working.
Ayush Kumar (3 months ago)
This still doesn't explain why I'm lazy as both my parents are workaholics and they even said that I'm the only lazy person to have ever been born in the family.
natif6souljah AT8 (3 months ago)
So was that, 4&7 human miles? Or mouse miles?? 🤔
Zaki sudo (3 months ago)
The perfect excuse.

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