Do You Have Street Smarts?
Street smarts, what are they and who’s got ‘em?
Urban Dictionary offers some thoughts such as “Intelligence gained outside of school” that allow you to “get along with others- knowing which questions to ask and not asking too man, knowing who you can trust, how to be tough or escape and knowing how to read others intentions.” It’s a pretty good summation.
Experience teaches it and a new study shows it never goes away, even when you age.
Researchers looked into how well people can gauge the aggression of others – a key component of being street smart. Scientists looked at study participants that fell into two age groups: ages 59 to 91, and ages 20 to 28.
When tested, 95 percent of all participants correctly gauged the aggression, or level of intimidation of test subjects.
A series of studies by the same group of researchers ultimately shows judging how aggressive others are is a skill that improves gradually through childhood, peaks in adulthood, and does not decline in older age.
So punks, don’t mess with your elders. They are likely on to you! (EurekAlert)