Spending time with friends makes people happier. Except for people with very high IQ scores.
In an article published in the British Journal of Psychology, psychologists from the Singapore University of Management and the London School of Economics and Political Science put forward the "savannah theory of happiness." Its name indicates the antiquity of many of our experiences: it is assumed that a person's satisfaction with a situation is influenced not only by its current consequences, but also by those that followed from it in the past.
The theory was the result of an analysis of data collected by the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health in the United States, during which in 2001-2002. more than 15 thousand people aged 18 to 28 were interviewed in detail. At the first stage of the work, the scientists examined the links between three factors: the assessment of the subjects on the IQ scale, the population density in their places of residence and the level of life satisfaction. As you might expect, people are more likely to enjoy life in less crowded townships. However, if the IQ is exceptionally high, this effect turned out to be the opposite - such people feel more comfortable in the dense environment of others.
Then the authors took three factors: IQ, life satisfaction and engagement in communication - meetings, parties, phone calls, etc. And again, the "too smart" showed themselves in a completely different way than everyone else. As a rule, people become happier by having more time with friends and acquaintances. However, those with high and ultra-high IQs, on the contrary, become less satisfied with more communication. Explaining these results turned out to be difficult - hence the "savannah theory of happiness" proposed by scientists.
The authors point out that for millions of years our ancestors lived in groups of hunters and gatherers of about 150 people. Therefore, the surplus of people in modern cities makes it difficult for us to interact with them and makes us less happy. Conversely, frequent contact and renewal of social connections with about 150 acquaintances is potentially rewarding and rewarding.
But for people with very high IQ values, this is not the case: their intelligence makes it extremely effective to perceive and adapt to new life conditions. It brings joy to life in an exciting and difficult to predict environment, but makes the quiet "country" life incredibly boring. For the same reason, they are quite comfortable and alone. So if you are not too happy with yourself, maybe you are just too smart? ..