A recent study revealed that being sharp-minded might be the reason why you are a loner and have a few friends.
The British Journal of Psychology published a study which showed that highly intelligent people have a smaller circle of friends, and they do not enter into a social interaction frequently.
According to the lead researchers Satoshi Kanazawa and Norman Li, people who seek happiness might benefit from the “hermit in the woods” strategy”.
The found that people who live in less densely populated places are much happier.
Furthermore, their research revealed that happiness increases when a greater percentage of the social interactions are with loved ones, instead of socializing with the casual friends or acquaintances.
Most participants admitted a greater level of happiness when they were more social, but the most intelligent group reported a reverse effect. According to the researchers, “More intelligent individuals experience lower life satisfaction with more frequent socialization with friends.”
Moreover, as researcher Carol Graham, who studies the economics of happiness, explained, “These findings suggest (and it is no surprise) that those with more intelligence and the capacity to use it are less likely to spend so much time socializing because they are focused on some other longer term objective.”
This means that highly intelligent people tend to spend their time solving their current issues.
Furthermore, the findings of a study support the so-called “Savannah Theory”, which maintains that people nowadays find happiness in the same things that made our ancestors happy.
On the Savannah, the interaction between people would have been an essential part of survival due to the low population density.
Yet, highly intelligent people might be evolving past the need for interpersonal interactions, so social gatherings are no longer linked to happiness.
So, next time you would rather remain at home alone and miss the party of the year, do not feel guilty, as the main culprit for it would be your intelligence.