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  • Introvert: A few hours - a day

    1 3.45%
  • Introvert: A few days - a week

    8 27.59%
  • Introvert: A few weeks - a month

    5 17.24%
  • Introvert: Months at a time

    5 17.24%
  • Extrovert: A few hours - a day

    4 13.79%
  • Extrovert: A few days - a week

    5 17.24%
  • Extrovert: A few weeks - a month

    0 0%
  • Extrovert: Months at a time

    1 3.45%
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    Default Introversion/extroversion and length of time able to spend socially isolated

    I'm primarily interested in finding out the average length of time that introverts can spend being alone without getting sufficiently agitated/bothered about it. When I say alone, I don't mean completely isolated with absolutely nobody present whatsoever (most people live with at least one other person, for instance), but simply time without recreational social activity or contact with friends, etc.

    In the interest of fairness, the poll also contains the options for extroverts. It would interesting to see the strength of the link between cognitive introversion/extroversion and social introversion/extroversion.

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    I'm currently in an introverted state. Not sure how long this phase will last. Probably not too long. But if I'm in a "normal" state--- one week without interraction would start to make me itch.
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    When I say alone, I don't mean completely isolated with absolutely nobody present whatsoever (most people live with at least one other person, for instance), but simply time without recreational social activity or contact with friends, etc.
    So...what is recreational social activity? I talk to my roommates every day, sometimes hang out with them and cook/play games/watch TV, play sports/hiking with other people, talk to people at work, chat online with (real-life and online) friends etc. Do any of these count or do you mean just parties and stuff where the only goal is socializing?

    Depending on what's counted as "social activity" my answer could be anything from indefinitely to a day or two.
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    without social contact means without speaking to....anyone?

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    Yeah if I went a full day and didn't talk to anyone I'm sure I'd feel antsy by the end of it. More than one day in a week and I'm like callin friends and going to stores hoping to have a friendly exchange with a stranger. The Internet helps. I can chat with someone there, and it's not as good as the real thing, but I still get my interaction fix. It's really about energy exchange for me. I usually say I need to be "filled up" when I'm feeling drained from too much alone time.
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    I think I'm an introvert even though there seems to be widespread doubt, but I need a few days of isolation a week and a few days of real connection and interaction...not necessarily with new people though, just with people I relate to well. 50/50, I'd say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randomnity View Post
    So...what is recreational social activity? I talk to my roommates every day, sometimes hang out with them and cook/play games/watch TV, play sports/hiking with other people, talk to people at work, chat online with (real-life and online) friends etc. Do any of these count or do you mean just parties and stuff where the only goal is socializing?

    Depending on what's counted as "social activity" my answer could be anything from indefinitely to a day or two.
    Okay, I'll just simplify it to socializing. So all of that counts. What stuff that doesn't count is talking to people that is not for the purpose of socializing, for example, making a business phone call, or if a stranger asks what time it is etc.

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    without social contact means without speaking to....anyone?
    No casual socializing such as talking to friends. See above!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicolita View Post
    Yeah if I went a full day and didn't talk to anyone I'm sure I'd feel antsy by the end of it. More than one day in a week and I'm like callin friends and going to stores hoping to have a friendly exchange with a stranger. The Internet helps. I can chat with someone there, and it's not as good as the real thing, but I still get my interaction fix. It's really about energy exchange for me. I usually say I need to be "filled up" when I'm feeling drained from too much alone time.
    This is interesting. Sometimes, I go out just for the sake of getting a change of scenery or interacting with new people, but more often, I avoid going to places where I'll be forced to interact with people because I'm too tired. For example, when I was in college, I was heavily involved in student groups - people were always looking for me and engaging me so I was always burning the candle at both ends...at the end of the day, I'd barricade myself in my dorm room and even when I wanted to go to the gym, I wouldn't do it because I was afraid that having to say "hi" to the security guard at the entrance would be enough to do me in. So, I started downloading workout videos and doing them in my dorm room by myself.
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    Unsurprisingly, depends.

    Generally though, I use this as a gauge -- there have been several times in my life where I've had nothing going on on a weekend, entertaining myself /solely by myself, no interaction with anyone (have also always lived by myself, well, at least for the past 10-11 yrs). First day can be enjoyable, peaceful, I like these days. Second day begins to wear on me and I start becoming lonely and bored, wanting connection or something outside myself to do/experience. It's not like I'm going crazy, I just notice it and it's not as enjoyable/pleasant for me. Beyond the two-days-in-a-row and it becomes more depressing. Exceptions to this, but yeah. (voted a few days/week)

    Edit: Actually misread/misinterpreted OP. Was thinking zero contact with anyone, ie totally alone, no SO, no interaction of any sort (including emailing/text), or anything. 'recreational social contact'/ getting together with friends, I don't require every two days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Infinite Bubble View Post
    Okay, I'll just simplify it to socializing. So all of that counts. What stuff that doesn't count is talking to people that is not for the purpose of socializing, for example, making a business phone call, or if a stranger asks what time it is etc.



    No casual socializing such as talking to friends. See above!
    oh oops i'm sorry you were right.

    in that case, there's a vote for "a few hours - day" that should go to "a few days - week"

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