Are You Above Or Below Average?


This episode is supported by Skillshare. Do you ever wonder how you stack up to others? For example, in North America, if you are a male who is taller than 5’9 or women taller than 5’3 then you’re above average. And if you weigh less than 88.3 kg and 74.7 kg then you’re below average. Worldwide, however, humans actually weigh 62 kg on average. If you read less than 12 books a year, you’re below average. But avid readers like likely inflate this number with 4 books per year being the most common number reported. And if you can read faster than 300 words per minute, you’re above average. Type more than 40 words per minute and you’re also faster than the majority. If you finish a bachelor’s degree or higher, you’re above average. But if you don’t finish high school and you’re from industrialized nation, you’re far below average with only about 10% not finishing. If you’re a man who can benchpress more than 135 lbs, you’re stronger than many. And if you’re a woman who can run a mile in less than 7 to 10 minutes, you’re faster than the others. If that tires you out and you sleep more than 6.8 hrs, you’re getting more than majority. And if to wake up you’re drinking less than 3 cups of coffee per day, you’re below average. Still thirsty? Most people drink 3 to 4 cups of water a day. Too much fluid make you pee? If you’re urinating less than 6 times a day, you’re below average. And if you have more than one bowel movement today, you’re probably above average based on surveys. But these are not necessarily reasons for concern. The average person farts around 14 times a day which is around 500 to 1500 ml Have a family? If you end up having more than two kids in your lifetime in most Europe and North America, you’re above average. But if you have less than 6 children in Niger, you’re below average. And if you’re watching more than 5 hours and 4 mins of TV each day, that’s more than most. That’s the same amount of time the average spends on their mobile service. But if you’re a teen and spending less than 9 hours on media, you’re actually under the average. The average person also simply touches their phone over 2000 times a day. Think you’re smarter than the average person or better at driving? How about having better health, memory or being a better friend than the average person. Turns out the vast majority of people also think they’re better than average in a phenomenon called Illusory Superiority. It’s a cognitive bias where people overestimate their own abilities and qualities with one study revealing 87% of students at a university surveyed rated their academic performance above the median. Interestingly, people with lower IQs tend to overestimate their IQ, while who actually have above-average IQs tend to underestimate them. Men are also more likely to overestimate their IQ by 5 points, while women underestimate theirs. Perhaps most shocking is that in cognitive test, even the lowest scoring groups predict they’re above average showing a strong illusion. And researchers believe it because those worst at the test are also worse at understanding the skills required to do it well. This paper actually won a Nobel Prize in 2000. In the words of Charles Bukowski, “The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence”. If you’d like to be above average, check out Skillshare who has supported this video and is giving away a two-month free trial to the first 500 of our followersthat sign up. Skillshare is a online learning community for creators with more than 15000 classes in design, photo and more. Everyone can take a class, try a project and even teach a class themselves. With Premium Membership as low as $10 for unlimited access. Just head to the link: skl.sh/asapscience And use the Promo Code ASAPSCIENCE to sign up and learn even on mobile app or while you’re offline. And subscribe for more weekly science videos every Thursday.

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100 thoughts on “Are You Above Or Below Average?

  1. I read way more than 300 words per minutes because the average book as 200-400 words per page and my friend timed me and I had to tell him what happened to prove it but I thing my IQ is rlly low

  2. I really need to read the only books I read now are the ones we study in skl and I stilll have an overdue library book somewhere from November 2017

  3. There’s this kid in my school who thought he could destroy everyone. (He’s 4’9 while the kid he faced was 5’10)

    He ended up with a sprained ankle

  4. So if you read twelve books a year does it matter what size the book is or no. Because someone could read one really big book and maybe four smaller books could add up to the amount of pages the big books has.

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  6. I-I’m taller than average? I’m shorter than everyone around me. 167cm. I knew I’d be lighter than average at 50kgs but taller? 161cm can’t be the average female adult height.

  7. Okay the amount of people who only pee 2-4 times a day in the comments is very concerning. Please drink more water.

  8. I already knew j was above average in both height and weight, didn't know i was far above average in water consumption.

  9. Just because I love my self doesn’t mean I am stupid because I am good at basketball you might be better but I have hope and that is what actually matters not that I am selfish it’s called self confidence

  10. Well, I'm 10 and after taking an IQ test, I found have an IQ around 75, so I guess I'm above average by being average.

  11. I thought i was stupid before I watched this video

    Didn’t change my view on my intelligence still believe im stupid

  12. average female american is 1.6m tall and 74kg heavy? Must be the obese ones inflating the weight number

  13. Hm. I know I'm above average. I'm 14 years old and I stand at 5'9 to 5'10. Last time I was measured was April, and I was measured at 5'9.25

  14. Guys can y'all help me because idk how tall I will be… So when I was 2 years old the doctors or something told me I was going to become 6'2 but all my life I ate super healthy and slept all night all day and I was so active now I am 14and 2 1/2 months old and I am currently 5ft11 my mom is 5ft7 my dad 6ft0 last july I was 5ft7-5ft8 all my friends tell me I'm only going to become 6ft1 which I don't believe at all but when I put in height calculator it tells me I'm going to be 6ft4 1/2 so please answer me because I really want to be 6ft4 but I am afraid not Right now I am out in the sun alot eat super healthy and sleep until I wake up every day

  15. I am a girl & 5'5 live in north America I am the 6th tallest on my dads side & 4th tallest on my moms side

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