Intelligent People Choose To Be Less Social – Here’s Why

Would you rather live in a countryside cabin than in the heart of town?

Would you rather have your nose in a book than throw a party and invite your friends over?

Do you sometimes want to hide when someone rings your doorbell unexpected?

If this sounds like you, I have some good news. You’re not anti-social. In fact, you might just be a genius.

According to an NCBI study, people who are highly intelligent tend to socialize less than those scoring lower on the intelligence scale. Interestingly, their life satisfaction appears to be unaffected by their more secluded lifestyle.

According to lead researchers Satoshi Kanazawa and Norman Li, for those seeking happiness, the “hermit in the woods” strategy might be the way to go – especially for people who are highly intelligent.

Through thorough research, these evolutionary psychologists have been able to determine that those of us living in less densely populated areas tend to be generally happier. They have also found out that when it comes to socializing, quality matters more than quantity.

We are happier when we communicate more with our close friends and family, rather than with strangers, co-workers, distant relatives, or acquaintances.

For the majority of the participants in the study, more frequent social interactions would generally make them happier, with the exception of those scoring high on the intelligence scale.

In fact, as regards the most highly intelligent of the participants, this effect was not only diminished, but actually reversed.

As the researchers explained, “More intelligent individuals experience lower life satisfaction with more frequent socialization with friends.”

Carol Graham, who studies the economics of happiness, has 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,” she maintains.

In other words, that nerd who says they have better things to do than hang out with friends is actually on to something.