Do you often find yourself alone on a Sunday evening when everyone else is busy party-hopping and struggling to manage their group of friends because the few friends you have (minimum one, maximum two and infinite for you is a number called three) are busy/not in town/lazy?
For the ones who studied in a school for ten years and couldn't even manage ten friends (or five, if you're like me), do not feel bad, your intelligence is to blame.
According to a recent study published in the British Journal of Psychology, people who are more intelligent tend to have fewer friends.
Lead researchers, Satoshi Kanazawa and Norman Li, evolutionary psychologists in England, found that,
While most people's happiness increased in relation to a decrease in population density (as well has a high percentage of interactions with loved ones), people who are extremely intelligent are actually happier when they're not hanging out with friends.
More intelligent individuals experience lower life satisfaction with more frequent socialization with friends.
There you go! If only we knew it when we were in high school, we could slap this study on everyone who preached popularity!
In an article on The Washington Post, Carol Graham, a Brookings Institute researcher who studies the economics of happiness, said,
The 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.
Totally makes sense. Well, super smart people have better things to do and of course, socializing and bonding over what plans to make on a Sunday is not one of them. Where's the time when they (probably) have to author a graphic novel?
For the ones who look at everything from the PoV of evolution, there's another way to explain it - the "savanna theory of happiness".
According to this study, our hunter-gatherer ancestors were perfectly adapted to live in groups of 150 where the population would have been scattered. Social interaction would have been extremely important in order to survive, especially in terms of co-operation and finding a mate, but maintaining a private life and finding one's own space would have been crucial too.
From the way our ancestors lived back in the day to the fast paced life we lead now, there must have been dissonance in the way we evolved - but highly intelligent individuals are better able to adapt to modern life, and they're not slaves to evolutionary predilections.
In layman terms, they do not need social interactions to survive. If you doubted anyone's popularity, now is the time to rethink.