While it’s widely accepted that socialising makes us happier, this might not be strictly true if you’re highly intelligent. Evolutionary psychologists from Singapore Management University and the London School of Economics and Political Science found exactly this when they studied more than 15,000 young adults.
They concluded that, while people generally feel happier when they spend time with others, very smart people are an exception to this rule.
Now I feel better about telling my wife to go away and leave me the hell alone.
This study will of course result in many people who are not intelligent but consider themselves to be so claiming that they are not social at all for this reason when in fact they spend all their time socializing. Par for the course.
Working from home for me has proven to be such a boon as I do not have to interact with people anymore as part of my job. I get so much done as a result. I don’t have to explain why I’m doing something or how it will work out. I just do it. Wonderful. Then when I’m done for the day I might go down to one of my favorite drinking holes and sit at a long bar from where I can observe but not be bothered. I have no problem sitting alone as I have no problem eating alone or going to the movies alone. I can just be and observe.
Most people cannot do this. I know this from observation. They get restless. They have to be out there bothering people. Take Green Day frontman Billy Joe Armstrong for example. It turns out that he’s a strong supporter for climate action. What this actually says to me is that he is not intelligent. If he were intelligent then he’d be sitting at home not bothering people while recording his next album. Instead he has to be out there making a loon of himself.
Or how about ex-Pink Floyd frontman Roger Walters? When he’s not making shitty solo albums he spends most of his time hating on Israel and actively stalking other musicians who choose to tour over there. Can’t leave well enough alone can you Roger? Why might that be I wonder. Because you’re a dumb shit?
Any celebrity you can think of; if they have a cause, if they get involved in something then it indicates that they’re actually not that smart. If they were smart then they’d be sitting at home. The act of getting out there and bothering people means that you want to be around people and if you want to be around people then you’ve just communicated that you can’t claim an IQ anywhere over around 120.
I used to be able to disassociate artists from their activism. But this throws a new spin on it. If they’re this stupid then why am I listening to their music or watching their films or reading their books? I’ll just be absorbing more stupid. So from now on if I find evidence that someone is an ardent activist then all of his future work is off the table.
(As for Pink Floyd, I’m claiming Roger Wright as the true author of all their early brilliance.)