i think michael pays attention to the little things in life and sees things that others aren’t noticing.
he never goes out when he’s home and of course there are plenty of reasons why, but have you ever looked at the people luke, calum, and ashton hang out with? yeah some of them are genuine but how many do you think are really there for the attention it gets them?
like michael clearly sees that half of the people he could be hanging out with are fake and will only create drama and problems, and that shows a lot of maturity (and is 100% michael) to just stay home by himself rather than go out with people who could give 2 shits about him.
michael is a lot more aware and intuitive than people give him credit for.