If you are anything like me even the thought of having company makes you frustrated. Up until now I always thought it was because I was antisocial but it seems that it could be much more than that.
A study published in NCBI says that people who are highly intelligent are less social as a way to increase satisfaction in their lives. Lead researchers on this study were Norman Li and Satoshi Kanazawa say that this might be the way to go when it comes to remaining happy when you are much smarter than most of the people around you. They were also able to conclude that happiness was increased when our social interactions were with our loved ones rather than strangers.
You see, people who are highly intelligent are less likely to spend time socializing because they are focused on their long-term objectives. They have more important things to do than ‘chill.’ This theory in itself was referred to as the Savannah Theory and it proposes that we find happiness in the same things that would have made our ancestors happy.
The results of this study seem to support the Savannah Theory as it suggests that the most intelligent people may be evolving past the need for frequent social interactions. There really isn’t anything wrong with living life like a hermit in the woods. This study was quite long-term and surveyed adults from the age of 18-28. They applied the theory to explain the findings of self-reported life satisfaction.
These researchers believe that smarter individuals are now better able to adapt to the challenges of modern life. For more on this check out the video below. What do you think about all of this?