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    I don't get a lot of really alone time, but most of my household are introverts so we spend a lot time together leaving each other alone. Every week or two, I need to get out and go someplace by myself, get a soda, read a book just for a few hours. That is adequate for me.
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    15-20 at home. the rest is either at work, or tennis/piano practice. and about 3 times a week, out with friends.

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    How much time do you have to spend alone? How frequently?
    As a grad student, most of my work is very independent. The 9-5 "grind" for me is being in the lab all day, with very little socialization with the 2 other people who work in the lab. This is not enough socialization for me and I need to call a friend when I get home and talk for about an hour.

    However, when I worked a "real job," I found the constant extraversion - phone calls, drop-ins, idle chatter - exhausting by the end of the day and I wouldn't want to talk to anyone after that. I needed ~3 hours of "me" time
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    What does the required amount depend on?
    Depends on how much talking I did during the day.

    What do you do when you are alone?
    Cook a refreshing and delicious meal, sit down and put my feet up, read my RSS feeds, catch up on a TV show I've missed, laundry, clean, pamper self, listen to music, read literature, play a game, let my mind wander a bit. Then my batteries are recharged and I'm ready for the next day!


    Do you ever feel you have been alone too long?

    Yup. Then I turn off my computer and go out for some fresh air and a walk.
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    How much time do you have to spend alone? How frequently?
    Most of the day. 3-5 hours spent socializing is enough to wear me out.

    What does the required amount depend on?
    ^^Same as above. It depends on how much talking or interacting I did throughout the day.

    What do you do when you are alone?
    Read, listen to music, play games, space out, think, daydream. The daydream part can and usually is accomplished while I am with people as well.

    Do you ever feel you have been alone too long?
    Alone in person, yes. To recover from this, though, I often go out among people alone, like a walk through the city or park. I will also seek out others to talk to, but this is not very often, especially if I've had to deal with people for work or school earlier in the day.
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    How much time do you have to spend alone? How frequently?
    Usually a few hours a day. It could be early morning, afternoon, and sometime evening. Doesn't really matter, I just sort of find it when it is available.

    What does the required amount depend on?
    The amount of time since the last alone time. It also depends on the amount of stuff I have put off dealing with.

    What do you do when you are alone?
    It doesn't really matter. I think the most consistent thing is to pop in a movie that I have already seen a few dozen times and either surf the net.

    Do you ever feel you have been alone too long?
    Not really. I wish I could be alone more often, but my family and my job don't really allow me this opportunity.

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    How much time do you have to spend alone? How frequently?
    I live with my parents and three siblings, and we all frequently have friends dropping in. Because of this, I have less alone time than I might otherwise. Still I spend at least two hours a day alone, when I can, which is most days. Sometimes it's a lot more. Sometimes it is a long stretch of alone time, more often it is broken up throughout the day a little.

    What does the required amount depend on?
    How stressed I am and how much is on my mind.

    What do you do when you are alone?
    Read, journal, listen to music, daydream, think, surf the internet, sleep.

    Do you ever feel you have been alone too long?
    Yeah, when I start brooding too much, or getting upset over little things. A talk on the phone, an outing with a friend, or even just a change of scene helps this.
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    How much time do you have to spend alone? How frequently?

    I spend 1-3 hours alone each day. My kids get up late if they're not at school, so I'm often alone in the morning. Like at Cafe's house, we're all introverts, so we spend time in different rooms with our own activities - reading, computer work, drawing, listening to music, laundry, cooking.

    What does the required amount depend on?

    If I've had a very social day, I crave being alone. I'll change casual evening plans if I've done too much socializing during the day.


    What do you do when you are alone?

    Read, muse, use the computer, walk, swim, visit the library, shop, cook, garden, clean. At night I read, listen to music or watch a dvd or TV show.

    Do you ever feel you have been alone too long?

    I have a family (2 kids, husband), so I'm rarely alone for more than a few hours. But if I've been sick or in the house due to bad weather for a couple of days, I yearn to be out among other people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leysing View Post
    How much time do you have to spend alone? How frequently?
    What does the required amount depend on?
    I'm not sure the answers to these questions, because I don't feel like I ever want to be alone. But I know I do require alone time, at the same time knowing that I wouldn't ever choose it if I had the option. I'd rather be with someone I love than be alone. There isn't anything that I don't want to share with somebody. But I know if what I am doing isn't being appreciated by the person I'm with, then I would rather be alone than be with someone who isn't enjoying themself.

    What do you do when you are alone?
    Listen to music, watch videos, write, read, dink around on the internet, burp, eat, observe the surroundings, sometimes just sit and feel.

    Do you ever feel you have been alone too long?
    Yes, most of the time. I miss almost everybody I've ever shared any time with and I wish they were here. Just not all at once.
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    How much time do you have to spend alone? How frequently?

    I spend an enormous amount of time in a day alone. If I can use percentage as a rough indication, it should be about 85% on an average per day. A question more suited for me should be 'How frequently do you hang out with anyone else in a week?'. I do sometimes chat with close friends on MSN, but I can barely recall the last time I hung out with them. I speak to my parents too, but the conversations normally don't last longer than 15 minutes.

    What does the required amount depend on?

    I find myself spending more time alone when I have set specific goals for myself that I expect myself to achieve in a particular frame of time, like complete a piano piece in 1 1/2 months, or finish composing basslines for this song in a week, or learn 2 new recipes by sunday. Also, when I think I've had enough of being with other people, I 'recluse' to energise. The amount of time I require to fully recharge is infinite. It's only a matter of when I feel like sticking my tortoise head out again to chit chat a bit with the outside world.

    What do you do when you are alone?

    For me, there's always something to do, more so when I'm alone than when I'm with other people. If I'm not watching documentaries, I'd be playing the piano or bass. Alternatively, you'll catch me picking up a new hobby, sewing, cooking, baking, gardening, drawing, etc. I can't really recall the last time I hung out with anyone else other than my boyfriend.

    I don't think rehearsing with my bands counts. I rarely talk or say anything when we're not playing our instruments. So even if I'm at the jam sessions at a jam studio with them, I'm not really there. I only listen to what they say but most of the times, my mind has gone off somewhere else also.

    Do you ever feel you have been alone too long?

    In fact, I still feel that I need more 'me' time. I really love being alone.

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