Even though colleges are filled with parties and hanging out, it seems like many smart people just want to be alone, read books, watch TV, or play Pokemon Go. The reason? Scientists have found that intelligent people actually need to spend more time alone.
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The new study called the 'savanna theory of happiness' has found that people are generally happier when they are with friends. Unless you are really smart, according to the team at the Singapore Management University and the London School of Economics.
They came to the conclusion after looking at two studies that relied on data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, which was comprised of interviews with more than 15,000 people ranging in age from 18 to 28.
During the first study, the looked at the link between three key things: intelligence test scores, population density, and how satisfied the people were with their lives. The results showed that people were happier in less populated spaces, except for those who were highly intelligent.
During the second study, they looked at the link between IQ stores, how often someone socialized, and life satisfaction. Once again, they found that the more friends someone has, the happier they are. Except for smart people.
In fact, it showed that the more intelligent people were around their friends, the less satisfied they were with their lives.
No one can say for sure why the results are this way, but one answer is the savanna theory of happiness where the human brain responds to the consequences of its environment. In other words, since we used to live in small communities, we aren't comfortable in areas where the population is larger. Within those groups, however, we had to interact in order to survive, which is why we feel like we need friends.
Now, for people who are intelligent, they have a different story. Intelligent people might have been able to adapt to different environments better, which is why they don't mind living in crowded spaces, and they also don't mind spending time alone.
It is also interesting that intelligent people spent more time socializing with friends, which shows that people might know a lot, but they don't know what makes them happy, according to Business Insider.
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Regardless of what your IQ is (or what you think it is), make sure you pay attention to what makes you happy.