This Is Why Being Intelligent Makes You Unpopular, Claims Study

by : UNILAD on : 07 Nov 2016 00:48

I always thought that my penchant for people was an asset, but it turns out that it just means I’m basic.


A new study in the British Journal of Psychology has found that intelligent people are less likely to be satisfied with socialising because it distracts them from their long-term goals.

Now, when I’m sitting in my local pub chatting shit and having the time of my life, I’ll remember that intelligent people would not be satisfied with such mediocre pursuits on a Tuesday evening.


The study, which took place over a number of years, looked at a varied sample of 18 to 28-year-olds and found that those who socialised were the happiest.


Ignorance is bliss I guess. If you you’re not thinking about anything, and distracting yourself with pints of the cheapest pale, then of course you’re going to be happy.


Authors Norman Li and Satoshi Kanazawa explain how our evolutionary history could explain how socialising performs a different function now compared to our hunter gatherer days.

Humans are innately social creatures, but in modern day life, survival is no longer our highest priority… that one’s a given for most of us lucky people.

As Maslow explained in his hierarchy of needs, we are fulfilled in terms of having a roof over our heads and food in our belly’s, so now we look to more complex goals of self-actualisation and ever-growing intelligence.


These days, less socialising can actually help intelligent people to focus on better adapting to life and furthering themselves.

There are more and more of us on this planet, but we’re becoming more atomised because we need each other less.


As long as you’ve got Siri right?

Topics: Life


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