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People With Fewer Friends Tend To Be More Intelligent, Study Says

Less dumb people to influence you, maybe?
by Khatrina Bonagua | Aug 17, 2016
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Listen up, all you smarty-pants! Don’t be bothered if you have only one or two people on your friends list—it turns out, the more intelligent you are, the less satisfied you feel with social interaction.

Evolutionary psychologists Satoshi Kanazawa from the London School of Economics and Norman Li of Singapore Management University, on their latest study published in the British Journal of Psychology, just proved that.

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The pair surveyed 15,000 people in the 15 to 28 age group. They noticed a couple of things: 1) people living in the city were generally less happy than those who live in the countryside and 2) that their respondents had higher life satisfaction with increased social interaction.

But there was one big exception. They found that people on the higher-I.Q. end of the spectrum, on the other hand, were less satisfied when they hang out more with their friends.


"The effect of population density on life satisfaction was therefore more than twice as large for low-IQ individuals than for high-IQ individuals," noted the researchers. "More intelligent individuals were actually less satisfied with life if they socialized with their friends more frequently."

“The findings in here 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,” Carol Graham, who researches the economics of happiness for the Brookings Institute, told The Washington Post in an interview.

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In other words, if those super-smart people in your life insist they really would rather stay home than go out to dinner with you and your friends, you don’t need to be worried. They have no personal issues against your barkada; they're just being their intelligent, anti-social selves.


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