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 researchers, economists, biologists 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.