Me: a whole day, but I start feeling funny on the second day. You?
How many days can you go without social contact?
|by Anonymous||reply 30||11/16/2013|
Including phone? Or just f2f? I can go for days without actually seeing people in person. But I like to talk on the phone during that time.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||11/02/2013|
Days and days and days...
|by Anonymous||reply 2||11/02/2013|
I am good for a week or more.
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|by Anonymous||reply 4||11/02/2013|
I can go weeks.
The older I get the less I like dealing with other people. I fully intend on being one of those little old men that is discovered dead in my bed after the mailman reported my mail piling up.
I decided a few days ago that I really need to pull back and regroup. It's been the year from hell for me=health issue, lost job, financial issues and I could go on. The past couple of weeks have been brutal. My car crapped out and I can't afford to fix it. I really need a new one, but that's out of the picture.
Right now I'm thinking of spending at least until the end of the year away from everybody. Getting really tired of everybody trying to "fix" what's going on when they have no clue.
I deleted my Facebook account last week and canceled my smart phone. Should be interesting. With no car, I'm pretty much stuck close to home until I can scape up enough cash to fix it.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||11/02/2013|
Probably months. I don't like people.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||11/02/2013|
People, you don't need human contact if you have cats. Lots and lots of cats. Now go away and don't come back to my door again.
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|by Anonymous||reply 8||11/02/2013|
I need it isolation sometimes. This week was so busy that I purposely planned this weekend to be no contact with anyone.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||11/02/2013|
Hard to say. I haven't ever had the opportunity to go more than a day or two without any social interaction. Do you mean no human contact whatsoever. Or no contact with actual friends and family?
|by Anonymous||reply 10||11/02/2013|
I prefer solitude, people are really annoying.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||11/02/2013|
One day. On the second day, I start to lose it. I would't do well in solitary confinement.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||11/02/2013|
That's an interesting equivalency, r12.
Yeah, without phone, or television things could get a little choppy.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||11/02/2013|
I thought people who live alone get accustomed to being alone.
Do those of you who have almost zero ability to be alone for more than a day or so live alone?
I like living alone - but I must have a TV and a computer.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||11/02/2013|
I'm unemployed at the moment, so I pretty much go out for essentials b/c I don't have a lot to spend. With internet interaction, I can go abt a week. Past that I start to go a little stir crazy and depression really sets in.
It makes me feel really sorry for old people with little money.
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|by Anonymous||reply 16||11/02/2013|
I already have depression, so I find people just exhausting and annoying.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||11/02/2013|
OP, you've asked this question on DL on a Saturday night, so I imagine there will be considerable competition for the title of Biggest Antisocial Loser. I would assume the final winner will have gone for a year or so without social contact aside from cats and possibly the authorities knocking at their door to find out if they've died.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||11/02/2013|
Smiling at the clerk at the drugstore or giving a waiter my order is enough social interaction to last me. In fact, when someone at a restaurant makes a point of calling me a regular, I usually abandon that restaurant.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||11/02/2013|
About 5 years ago I started to say something simple to a clerk in a store and it came out as a CROAK!
I realized I hadn't actually spoken aloud in a week. It was all just computer, sending files, texts, and emails.
That was a wake up call. I mean I'm an introvert, but not an Ed Gein introvert! That's the longest I've gone. It made me become much more vocal, and dare I say it, FRIENDLY!
Some of it was based on fear because I'd been bullied in HS. But I realized no one was paying that much attention to me, that I wasn't the focus of other people's attention as much as I'd been led to believe. Frankly I wasn't that unusual.
In the real world people aren't actually lining up to criticize everything you do. Most people actually have better things to think about than you. They have their own lives and you don't even register!
WOW! That actually was a real epiphany to me!
So believe it or not, it's not all about you.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||11/02/2013|
I go through phases like that. I'm one now because I don't feel good because I busted a few ribs two weeks ago. I don't answer the phone, don't check emails, don't go to Facebook.
When I'm feeling good, I plan dinner parties and outings with friends. And then wonder, why did I do that? I get too enthusiastic when I'm feeling ok. I should be a hermit or shut in.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||11/02/2013|
I absolutely love seeing or speaking with my ten good friends, mom, and sisters. The rest of the world? Couldn't care less. I'm not shy or socially awkward. I'm great at a party. Good at a bar. I just hate being at anything like that.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||11/02/2013|
Goodness, I NEVER leave the bubble in my head.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||11/02/2013|
I was ill for a quarter year and house bound for much of that, and coped fine. There are people I contact each day through email or IM, but can go days without seeing others quite happily, and don't really invite people into my home that often.
My work has a lot of interaction with others, and I get touched a lot in the course of my duties, so it is nice to just shut the door on that at the end of the day or week and be by myself.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||11/02/2013|
I've only recently come to embrace my inner introvert. It is not only accepting that I really prefer my own company and the company of a few, close friends; but, more importantly, that us "innies" experience the world differently and have a very rich internal life.
Give me a cabin in the woods, art supplies, good novels and medical books, and an internet connection, enough food and water and I could go a few weeks without social contact...and proud of it.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||11/03/2013|
I could go for several weeks as long as I have my books and computer. Also I live with a cat so she makes things fun. I find interaction with people to be far too stimulating. I'm a classic introvert, my challenge is how to get more time to recoup rather than social time.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||11/03/2013|
Longer than a day, but probably no more than three days. By the nature of my work, I have people lining up for a "moment" of my time from start of finish of my day. I often feel like the Brady Bunch when one stops, the line of Brady kids crash behind the leader. I appreciate having a husband that understands that when I get home.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||11/03/2013|
For instance there was one super friendly waiter that I used to give big tips to (he was cute). He apparently misunderstood my primarily sexual interest for wink-wink conspiracy so he started giving me desserts without adding them to the bill. The first time he did it, I didn't have a problem, but when it happened twice more I realized he was constructing a scam in the billing to justify my overtipping, to participate in it as it were, so I stopped going to that restaurant altogether.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||11/03/2013|
Does it count if I come to Datalounge but I'm an unsociable asshole?
|by Anonymous||reply 29||11/03/2013|
We get Wed-Fri off for Thanksgiving, so that plus the weekend means that I won't interact with anyone but a waiter, order-taker/clerk, or maybe a bartender for five straight days.
I hate holidays.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||11/16/2013|