Smart people prefer to spend more time alone

loneliness can have a very negative impact on quality of life. One of the major recommendations that we hear is ‘go out and meet people’ to combat its effects, but the truth is that we are not all equal, and some people may feel much better being alone. According to psychologists Satoshi Kanazawa Norman Li and the London School of Economics of the Singapore Management University, those with greater intelligence represent the exception: how much less socialized, happier are.

“I hate people” . I’ve heard that expression dozens of times, coming from very different people, with nothing in common. There are days in which the world accelerates meat grinder a bit more account and the simple act of sharing a public space with the rest of the human species becomes unbearable. This is very striking if we consider various interpretations, among which stands out the call “the happiness of the Savannah theory” . Working Group, our ancestors accessing more nutritious food, and were better protected against the elements and the hostility of the nature. By extension, their quality of life was superior and that made them happier.

the Savannah theory speaks of a rejection of the dense areas, and the need to stay in touch. For intelligent people, it is exactly the opposite.

According to a study published in 2016 by psychologists Satoshi Kanazawa and Norman Li and the London School of Economics of the Singapore Management University, the Savannah theory has Foundation: analyzing data from 15 thousand participants, noted that a high population density reduces the satisfaction, but a greater amount of social interactions increases it. In other words, large spaces and constant contact. however…

… There is an asterisk in the study, which reaches the intelligent people to . We can debate until the year 2268 the way more “scientifically correct” of quantifying the intelligence, but the text suggests that those with a higher coefficient are less happy if interact too with friends and family. Now… why? One of the ideas is that those with greater intelligence and the ability to apply it prioritize long-term objectives, and an excess of socialization becomes a distraction which decreases their quality of life. Even so, the Savannah theory relies on a simple «evolutionary wiring» : human brain prefers rural environments with fewer people. The difference is that smart people can adapt to modern challenges, better resist the negative aspect of a high population density, and not depend on both the contact with others. Interesting theory, but theory to the end . For many, happiness is a choice and not a result derived from preconditions. What do you think?

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