A team of researchers, led by Norman Li from Singapore Management University, used evolution psychology to understand why people felt happier in groups. Quartz staffer Olivia Goldhill takes a look at the research which found that the ancestors of humans relied on close relationships to overcome hunting challenges and child-rearing duties.
While this explains why people have clung to these traits, highly intelligent people were actually found to have less difficulty in a high population area and not associating with friends. Those who fit into this category, actually seemed happier when their interactions with others was lower:
And the researchers argue that more intelligent people simply have less trouble adapting to our new reality. Those with higher IQs have less of a need to rely on our ancestral hunting and child-rearing networks, and can adjust to life in high-population environments.