Does Having Fewer Friends Mean You're More Intelligent?

New research suggests if you're smart you might be happier solo

A recent study into population density, friendship and happiness concluded that enjoying time alone might actually be an indicator of intelligence. Finally, some good news for those whose ideal weekend is shared solely with Netflix.

The research, conducted by LSE's Satoshi Kanazawa and Normal Li of the Singapore Management University, compared modern life satisfaction to a projection of that experienced by our ancient ancestors.

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They point to the 'Savannah Theory' as the key to understanding modern contentment, arguing that - fighting off sabre-toothed tigers aside – our hunter–gatherer forefathers were happier thanks to living in smaller communities. Population density, they say, has a negative impact on happiness, a clear blow for anyone who works within the M25.

Results also showed that for the majority, socialising with friends had a positive affect on happiness. For the super smart however the opposite was true: "Among the extremely intelligent more frequent social interaction is actually linked with reduced satisfaction" the authors explained.

That's your excuse for turning down that next Facebook invite sorted, then.