Spending Time Alone

Smart people need more time alone, according to this study:

The study found that more intelligent people actually had lower life satisfaction the more frequently they socialised with friends – spending time with friends actually made them unhappy. But the researchers discovered that these highly intelligent participants actually spent more time socialising with friends.

The lower life satisfaction the more time I spend with friends is true for me. I have to intentionally limit it. Do not get me wrong, I do spend some time around friends. Over the years I discovered my limitations to be about 4-6 hours a week depending on other factors. At times I have pushed it, but in the end I lashed out at friends to the point of losing friendships.

If I spend too little time socializing with friends, then I start to feel lonely. That too little can be 2-4 hours  a week.

Essentially, I have to read my energy levels and understand how I am feeling to accordingly adjust how much time I spend with others.

Spending time alone does not bother me. I use the time to read a book or read articles. I rather enjoy the interactions of Facebook.

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