Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Solitary Set

Do you want to be alone?
People of the highest intelligence tended to become less happy when socializing. (Paradoxically, it was also reported that they spent quite a bit of time with others, something that would have been enviable to all other groups, but not to them.)
Two theories have been put forward to explain this tendency. One is that the most intelligent people are the most aspirational. On some level, they view time spent “hanging out” as time that could have been better utilized elsewhere. The other: Evolution has led smart people to assume they don’t need anyone else. As a result, they don’t see the point in enjoying the company of others. (Of course, networking has always been a key to success, suggesting that smart people may not be as clever as they believe.)
Or maybe they just want real quality time...

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