With most people being locked in their houses, going on months for some, a sense of loneliness has spread across people. People are going crazy as no one can interact with anyone. It’s like a bar that needs to be filled up, Sims style.
Being a bit of an introvert, it didn’t take much for me to be content. For me, when I was working at a real job, I had a certain amount of social interaction with my co-workers. After I was laid off and I went back to school, I had some from my class-mates. I was able to use them to fill that bar.
With COVID, I haven’t talked to anyone I met in university. My need for social interaction is not coming from anyone I met there. Which is fine as the level of social interaction was face to face and not online. Most of them I talked to on campus.
In the course of both stages of my life, I spent some of it online. My online writing contacts were there. Is it enough to make me feel fulfilled?
Not really. Writing to someone in a chat is different than in person. There is video chat, but it still is not the same.
The reason I talk about this is not to complain about what I am going through. There are some that are going through worse time. This is to talk about how I didn’t see the social interaction I was getting. I thought I didn’t need social interaction.
This is not true. I need social interaction, like everyone else. I also doubt anyone who says they don’t need social interaction. Those scenes in I am Legend with the Will Smith character so lonely that he is talking to mannequins as if they are real. For the longest time, I never truly understood the scene. I never understood how a person could get so lonely that he has gone nutters.
Being locked up in my house, I can see that happening. Of course, my life is nowhere as secluded as the fictional character. Humans are social creatures, and we can’t get away from it.
In conclusion, I wonder how you have been reacting to being secluded in your home? Which secluded movie character do you identify with?
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