Is There a Connection Between Being Smart and Being Liked?

  1. Smart people tend to be liked better than their peers, a new study focusing on adolescents found.

  2. Smart people tend to like fewer people than less intelligent people, and have a tendency to only like other intelligent people.

  3. The association between intelligence and likability is strongest at the beginning of a relationship—suggesting that, over time, smarts become less important.

  4. Intelligent people who only like other intelligent people may be perceived as arrogant or become isolated, the researchers warn.