Introverts (or really, anyone who prefers curling up with a book instead of hitting happy hour with friends) we have some good news for you. According to a new study published in the British Journal of Psychology, “more intelligent individuals experience lower life satisfaction with more frequent socialization with friends.”
The survey, conducted by The British Psychological Society, collected data from 15,000 people, ages 18 to 28, about their living situations, socialization, and happiness… And it yielded the results we might expect — at least, for average people.”
Ultimately, psychologists found that people living in cities tended to be less happy than people living in rural areas, and people reported having a “higher life satisfaction” when they saw friends more often.
This is due to what researchers call the “savanna theory of happiness.” We evolved from close-knit, hunter-gatherer tribes — and those communities provided the foundation for what makes people happier now.