Intelligent People Choose To Be Alone More Than Others – Here’s Why

Avatar EWAO | December 13, 2017

It just so happens that intelligent human beings often have opinions that differ from the average person, so perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that they often avoid spending time among society if it isn’t necessary. Moreover, intelligent people tend to abhor meaningless conversations or get-togethers, and there’s always a good chance that mingling about in society will involve taking part in these things to some extent. Additionally, intelligent individuals enjoy listening and learning more than speaking and debating, and an independent environment is more ideal for these things as well.

The British Journal of Psychology has published research by evolutionary psychologists Satoshi Kanazawa of the London School of Economics and Norman Li of Singapore Management University regarding what constitutes a well-lived life. In the modern world, most people no longer turn to priests or philosophers for personal guidance; rather, survey researcherseconomistsbiologists and scientists are listened to. With all of this in mind, it makes sense that this large national survey of 15,000 respondents revealed that more human beings who live in densely populated areas were happier overall—because only a small amount of the population is actually comprised of highly intelligent people.

Since virtually all human beings want to be happy, it should not be surprising that intelligent people have figured out how to accomplish this by being significantly less social than average people. This study’s head researchers Satoshi Kanazawa and Norman Li also discovered that happiness increases when more time is spent with people who are loved by a person the most, which can easily be accomplished if less time is spent in society at large. In fact, highly intelligent people are actually hindered in terms of being happy when they spend more time among the general population. As per the researchers, “More Intelligent Individuals Experience Lower Life Satisfaction With More Frequent Socialization With Friends.”

Carol Graham of the Washington Post also provides insight into this research: “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.”

The “Savannah Theory” argues that modern human beings find happiness in the same things that ancient human beings did; on the Savannah, a low population density would have made reliance on interacting with as many people as possible essential for survival. With this point in mind, the research indicates that highly intelligent people have evolved past the need to rely on others for survival, so they have evolved past the need to interact with others for happiness.

However, this is probably good news for society as a whole. Since intelligent individuals devote more of their time and energy to learning instead of socializing, intelligent individuals are able to make global progress and advance the quality of life for humanity as a whole. Of course, perhaps the problem in modern day society is that much of the population resides too close together, so instead of being aided by a large number of people close by individuals are hindered by this.

 

 

Sources

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Written by EWAO


  • Deena Patrick

    In any society you have the doer’s and the thinker’s. What does that mean? One day I am sitting in Chemistry class the professor said I need a flunky to race the board! So everyone looks around the room like, who is going to volunteer to race the board. So this guy gets up and races the board, is he a flunky? Who knows? but in every cultural society’s the doer’s will generate around a city, while the thinker’s may live outside the city in suburban areas or even rural. One of my favorite movies is Funny Farm, where this couple who live in the city decide they are going to write books so they decide to buy a farm in a rural Upstate New York. I can identify with this movie because I lived in a suburban area and moved into the same situation. But the moral of the story is the couple think they would be able to write better and publish their stories if they lived away from people. But I will say no more, that was not the case, people usually live where they feel comfortable. I had a person ask me who lived in the city, say aren’t you afraid to live out there with the wolves? my answer was no. But I can also say that living in a city would be any safer.

    • ackeegrl

      race the board?

  • Deena Patrick

    Continued- So I think most people prefer being around other people and when they become tired of them they go home, or go to another room, or escape by going on vacation. But I like talking to people because you can learn a lot, but I think whether intelligent or not everyone likes their space at times.

    • ackeegrl

      no…..I am around people only when I cannot avoid them because of selfish and subjective statement like yours…..I don’t need to be around people to chit chat to realize I will get tired of them. I already know that so why bother? You actually learn less when you talk….duh.

  • Huaimek

    Yes , I agree with this theory . Intelligent people need time for more profound thinking , whereas socializing often requires little thought . Chatting sweet nothings is boring and some people are not adept at small talk .

  • rsanchez1

    All this “it’s no surprise” just reeks of confirmation bias.

  • Farjana akter rupon

    i am confused about this as i am not intelligent

  • loraine james

    Carl Jung had all this figured out and wrote about it extensively. Introversion vs. extroversion. Wonderfully accurate material he left us as did freud. Further more defining intelligence is difficult and how do you measure it. Then there is the problem of defining what type of intelligence one needs to survive and flourish in the many different environments that exist on the planet… Lets stop eliminating the great fathers of our history who spent a lifetime to bring humanity a mirror ..

  • Tatiana Girsova

    really true

  • GodsVictor

    I couldn’t agree more with the analysis of this brilliant author. I’d rather stay at home meditating than to engage in baseless socialization. I enjoy interacting with thinkers, with profound intellectual sophistication.

  • John

    Yes. I prefer to be alone. Though if I am in company, I like to talk about Metaphysics.


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