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.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

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. 

What do you think?

Mark Walhberg
Culture
Share
Mark Wahlberg Talks Success, Fatherhood And Burgers
A quick chat with the Deepwater Horizon actor​
Apple HQ Battersea
Culture
Share
Apple Is Setting Up A HQ In One Of London's Most Iconic Buildings
Welcome to Battersea, America​
Film
Share
Disney Is Remaking The Lion King Because Nothing Left In This World Is Sacred
Jon Favreau: step away from our childhoods​
Justin Vernon
Culture
Share
Album Review: 22, A Million By Bon Iver
​Bon Iver's new album has a spring in its step​
Warren Beatty
Film
Share
Warren Beatty Says He Didn't Actually Have Sex With 13,000 Women
That myth was too good to be true
fifa 17 gameplay
Culture
Share
This Is How Fifa Video Game Player Ratings Are Really Calculated
From the man in charge of creating them​
The Dude Big Lebowski
GIF
Film
Share
These Are The 21 Greatest Character Exits In Movie History
"The Dude abides"​​
Jamie Vardy
Culture
Share
Jamie Vardy Slowed His Injury Recovery Because He Loved Skittle Vodka Too Much
A hero we can relate to​​​
James Corden and Usain Bolt
TV
Share
Watch James Corden Take On Usain Bolt In A 100 Metre Sprint
Also starring Owen Wilson, for some reason​​​
Tiger Woods
Culture
Share
Watch Tiger Woods Try And Gatecrash America's Ryder Cup Team Photo. Twice
​"No vice-captains allowed"