Have you ever though about isolating yourself from society? Would you rather live in a cabin on a mountain top, or in a busy city? Would you rather spend your time with your nose in a book or running with your hands up in the air?
Do you start shaking at the unexpected sound of the door bell?
If this sounds familiar, there’s some good news for you: you’re not anti-social. In fact you might be a genius.
According To An NCBI Study, People Who Are Highly Intelligent Tend To Associate With Fewer People And Seek Out Social Interaction Less Frequently. Interestingly, Their Life Satisfaction Increases When They Choose To Live By This Strategy.
According to researchers Satoshi Kanazawa and Norman Li, those of you looking for happiness might want to adopt the “hermit in the woods” – especially if you’re very intelligent. Thorough research by evolutionary psychologists gives proof that people who live in less densely populated areas are happier.They also found that happiness increases when a greater percentage of our social interactions are with those closest to us, as opposed to interacting with strangers, casual friends, or acquaintances.
The study’s participants all reported a greater level of happiness when they had more frequent social interaction – except for one group. For the group with the most highly intelligent people, this effect was not just diminished, but was actively reversed.
In Fact, As The Researchers Explained, “More Intelligent Individuals Experience Lower Life Satisfaction With More Frequent Socialization With Friends.
Carol Graham, a researcher of the economics of happiness, examined this effect in a Washington Post article. “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.”
In simple terms: the nerd saying they have better things to do than hang out with friends is actually on to something.
In examining the results of this study, evolutionary psychologists discovered a connection to the “Savannah Theory”. According to this theory, we find happiness in the same things that would have made our ancestors happy. In the savannah, the density of the population would’ve been low, and interpersonal interactions would have been crucial for survival.
The results, although ultimately in support of this theory, suggest that the most highly intelligent people might be evolving past the need for very frequent social interaction. Instead, they’re favoring activities which promote progress in the modern world – things that are more economically and intellectually founded. We need interaction less than our ancestors did, so the most highly evolved human beings have ceased to prioritize it.
So, The Next Time You Opt To Stay Home Instead Of Hitting The Club, Don’t Feel Weird About It.
Feel Smart. You Are An Evolutionary Ground breaker.