We normally believe that people who are highly intelligent are good at making friends as they can easily move between all sorts of people and understand everyone true. Yeah, it is true in a way but, a recent research conducted by the British Journal of Psychology found some facts which are contrary to this popular belief.
They say that when we are in a big city we will naturally mingle with a lot of people, but the people who are in metros are more dissatisfied than others. especially, when you are intelligent than the average level, you will enjoy more being alone than when you are with a group of friends. According to the study’s abstract:
“More intelligent individuals experience lower life satisfaction with more frequent socialization with friends”.
So, it is obvious that while most other people will be happier as much as they surround themselves with others, intelligent people will be happier being alone.
Why do intelligent people need to have more time for themselves?
It was found out that intelligent people are interested in being alone because they have their own “long-term goals” to be completed. This research was conducted by examining 15,000 people who were between the age limits of 18-28 years old and most of them said that they like to spend time with others. so, what makes intelligent people prefer to be single is the fact that they are future-oriented and they have their own plans to be completed rather than being with social groups.
Intelligence and social standards.
Another trait of intelligent people is that they don’t stick for the ideologies in the society and they simply don’t care those because they have so many other things to achieve in their lives rather than worrying over meaningful stuff. They will hardly listen to the worthless things others say and do and they will only focus on their goals.
The “Savanna” principles.
This term was introduced in 2004 by the researcher Satoshi Kanazawa who research at the British Journal of psychology. It stands for the distinction between the past and the present.
This theory is also called as “evolution legacy hypothesis” and “mismatch hypothesis” and it says that based on the way that our ancestors who lived in Savannah reacted to their primary needs, we will also react to circumstances as they would do. This theory contrasts historical behavior with modern ones.
He has applied this theory for social behavior in the experiment and he says that our definition of happiness has not really changed over time. So, this is the reason why smart people have been trying to stick for themselves for a while.
The study found out that people with average intelligence is likely to experience the negative effect of being with a lot of people and they said that our smartest ancestors were better able to adapt to larger groups due to a greater strategic flexibility, and so their descendants feel less stressed by urban environments these days.
So, if you are someone who prefers to spend some time alone than mingling with others, then it can possibly be a sign of intelligence and no use of being worried about it.