Smart people may be far happier with their own company than meeting friends.
A new study has found that for intelligent people, the more frequently they socialize with friends, the less satisfied they are with life.
Using data from a long-term study, researchers found people living in more densely populated areas reported lower levels of life satisfaction. But, more frequent socialization with friends had a more positive association with levels of life satisfaction for people with average intelligence.
The researchers explained that 'among the extremely intelligent' more frequent social interaction is actually linked with reduced satisfaction.
Social interaction would have been crucial to survival, in terms of co-operation and finding a mate, but the space was equally important.
The researchers believe smarter individuals may be able to better adapt to the challenges of modern life, and may find it easier to leave ancestral social roots behind in order to forge ahead.
For the most intelligent among us, it may be that there is conflict between aspiring to greater goals and being tied to our evolutionary past.