Are you one of those people who prefer to stay at home alone and always make excuses even when your friends ask you out? You enjoy your alone time and watching movies all by yourself, free of anyone and anything? How many times have you postponed an errand just because you hate dealing with the traffic jams and the people outside?
If you do this more often than not, don’t worry, you’re not anti-social, contrary to popular belief. Quite the opposite, people who prefer being alone and can’t tolerate the fake politeness of other people and the small talks we’re all inclined to make, are highly intelligent.
This is a fact that’s supported by numerous scientific studies, and the latest of them shows that highly intelligent people only associate themselves with a limited number of people and have a less frequent need for social interactions. The study also showed that these people are more satisfied in life when they choose to indulge their need for solitude.
This newest study was conducted by two evolutionary psychologists, Norman Li and Satoshi Kanazawa, who dispute the common belief that social interactions make people happy and satisfied. They’re supporters of the ‘savannah theory’, a theory that claims that the factors that made the early people satisfied still apply for modern people, despite the fact that we live in an era of technology. Furthermore, they say that the core social skills which were developed by humans, centuries ago, have a significant effect on our happiness.
The study examined data from a long-term study which involved subjects age 18-28 and applied the savannah theory to explain how satisfied they were, or they believed to be. They focused on 2 main factors, the density of the population and the frequency of their interactions with friends.
The results showed that people who lived in the highest density population areas expressed the lowest level of satisfaction. They were also able to conclude that people who expressed a high level of satisfaction were the ones that had frequent outings with their friends. But, the highly intelligent subjects, expressed a lower life satisfaction if they had frequent social interactions. This only further supports the fact that highly intelligent people want to be alone.
How is this connected to the savannah theory? Well, the lead scientists believe that our ancestor’s brains were adapted perfectly for life in the African savannahs, where there couldn’t have been more than 150 people. They had a need to interact with other people but they also held grate value in their own personal space.