“Wanna gather up the squad and go check out that new spot downtown?”
If that’s a standard text in your phone, I have some bad news for all of us (myself included). According to a new study, we may be dumb. The study, conducted by evolutionary psychologists Satashia Kanazawa and Norma Li, found “that while most people’s happiness increased in correlation to a decrease in population density (as well as with a high level of social interactions with loved ones) people who are “extremely intelligent” are actually happier when they don’t spend time with their friends.”
The reasoning behind this theory suggests that individuals with a higher level of intelligence are more apt to be able to survive and deal with problems individually, while their less intelligent counterparts needed to focus on relationships. This may or may not also explain why I loved group projects.
However Dr. Robert Sternberg, a professor of human development at Cornell, had some words of encouragement for all of us gregarious people worldwide, “High (academic) intelligence is only poorly correlated with social, emotional, and practical intelligence…the smart person who does not want to interact with others may be the person who most needs to interact with others to succeed in life. There are just so many high-IQ people who can’t translate that IQ into worldly success, or who do so in ways that are less than fully productive…The intelligent person may fail to get his or her way because he does not see how to interact with and successfully persuade others in groups of importance.”
So in a sense, those “book-smart” individuals often lack the “Street-smart” savvy of their less intelligent peers. It could also explain why everyone loves Forrest Gump and why Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory is such a weirdo.
Even though we may not be the brightest tools in the shed, we’ll still come out ahead of the geniuses..
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