Everyone needs different amounts of alone time to be capable of properly accepting, reflecting, releasing, and recharging. As a matter of fact, it has been scientifically show that those who enjoy spending more time alone have higher IQs compared to those who are happier being more social. A British study looked at how intelligence, population density, and friendship affects modern happiness, and spending more time in social environments didn’t equate to more individual happiness.
The study involved 15,000 individuals aged 15 to 28 and found that those with the highest IQs were less satisfied with social interactions compared to having free time to spend alone. According to Satoshi Kanazawa and Norman Li, the head authors of the research, “The effect of population density on life satisfaction was therefore more than twice as large for low-IQ individuals than for high-IQ individuals . . . more intelligent individuals were actually less satisfied with life if they socialized with their friends more frequently.”
One of the reasons these people feel happy spending their time alone is that it allows them to think about themselves, their desires, and the things they need to do in order to achieve greater accomplishments in the long-term. This often means attending parties and meeting up with people, but if the time spent doing these things is not utilized productively on accomplishing long-term goals, it is very tough to refute the philosophy. There are countless examples of people and professions which are suited to spending time alone in order to achieve greater things in the long-terms, such as doctors, researchers, and writers.
Interestingly enough, the researchers emphasized the differences between modern human brain and ancient human brain, when people lived in tribes and were forced to get on with everyone in order to survive. However, people these days don’t need such social interaction in order to survive and flourish. This explains why social interaction is no longer the key to survival or happiness.
The bottom line is that intelligent people love spending more time alone as their brains have been better and neglecting their ancestoral habits. “More intelligent individuals, who possess higher levels of general intelligence and thus greater ability to solve evolutionarily novel problems,” the researchers write, “may face less difficulty in comprehending and dealing with evolutionarily novel entities and situations.”
With this being said, it is still worth noting that not all successful people spend a lot of time alone every day. In fact, there are successful individuals who enjoy socializing.
However, those who spend plenty of time with themselves are often stereotyped as being less successful and intelligent compared to others and less successful and intelligent as they could be if they were more into social interactions. Note that these stereotypes are both incorrect!