This study says, if you are smarter you'll need lesser friends in life

24 March 2016, 01:08 PM
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If you a loner and like to spend more time all by yourself and enjoy it, this may be a sign of gratification and intelligence according to this study. You smaller circle of friends or hangout only with a handful shows that you fall under the smarter ones.

According to Evolutionary psychologists Satoshi Kanazawa of the London School of Economics and Norman Li of Singapore Management University, situations and circumstances that would have increased our ancestors' life satisfaction in the ancestral environment may still increase our life satisfaction today.

Human happiness has a direct corelation with how social we are. But this new study suggests that ''if you have lesser friends, it might be a sign that you are smart''. That means smarter people are better of with fewer friends in life. 

To explain it they use the 'savanna theory of happiness.' Out of a large national survey (15,000 respondents) of adults aged 18 to 28, they came up with two key findings.

The first key finding was that people, who live in more densely populated areas, tend to report less satisfaction with their life overall. The second key finding showed that more social interactions with close friends a person has, the greater their self-reported happiness.

With one exception present that for more intelligent people, these correlations were diminished or even reversed. The research is published in the British Journal of Psychology.

First Published: Monday, March 21, 2016 04:27 PM

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