If you like being alone more often than not, then get ready to have your ego rubbed. You’re a genius! You probably discovered this a long time ago with your high IQ. However, more than being ‘smart’ or ‘lucky’, research has proven the reason why those with high IQs tend to prefer solitude.
A study was carried out in 2016 by researchers at Singapore Management University and the London School of Economics. It explains why those who exhibit high IQ scores experience lower life satisfaction when they have to socialise. While some people find a sense of happiness with being around people or close friends, these smarty pants would rather be alone.
They reached this conclusion based on a survey that measured life satisfaction, intelligence and health. They also based this on responses from 15,197 individuals between the ages of 18 and 28. As reported by Southern Living, the data revealed that some were unhappy when staying in a dense crowd. They preferred being around friends. However, those with high intelligence weren’t happy; they preferred being on their own.
What the Savanna Theory of Happiness says about people who like being alone
Inverse explained in a publication that this can be traced to the hunter and gatherer theory. Also, the best way to explain this finding is with the “savanna theory of happiness.” Reporter Sarah Sloat wrote,
“The savanna theory of happiness is the idea that life satisfaction is not only determined by what’s happening in the present but also influenced by the ways our ancestors may have reacted to the event.
“Evolutionary psychology argues that, just like any other organ, the human brain has been designed for and adapted to the conditions of an ancestral environment. Therefore, the researchers argue, our brains may have trouble comprehending and dealing with situations that are unique to the present.
“In general, more intelligent individuals are more likely to have ‘unnatural’ preferences and values that our ancestors did not have. It is extremely natural for species like humans to seek and desire friendships. As a result, more intelligent individuals are likely to seek them less.”
Simply put, people with a high IQ tend to desire human companionship less. This is because they don’t necessarily derive any form of satisfaction from being around people. What kind of person are you? Do you enjoy being around people or being alone?