Is There a Connection Between Being Smart and Being Liked?

  • Smart people tend to be liked better than their peers, a new study focusing on adolescents found.
  • Smart people tend to like fewer people than less intelligent people, and have a tendency to only like other intelligent people.
  • The association between intelligence and likability is strongest at the beginning of a relationship—suggesting that, over time, smarts become less important.
  • Intelligent people who only like other intelligent people may be perceived as arrogant or become isolated, the researchers warn.