This may seem like a silly question, but it's one that it never occurred to me to ask before, because I would always stop my train of thought at lack of transportation, which isn't an issue now that I know how to use public transportation.
I always assumed that they didn't, except maybe to offer someone passing by money to help them with something that wouldn't take much effort. I don't know why.
The reason I'm asking it, is because... well, I'm realizing that sitting indoors all the time, just having the same conversations about food and politics that I've been having with my mom for the past few years simply because I don't have a job or an existing circle of friends, probably isn't very healthy.
I'm thinking that I would benefit from being able to go somewhere and observe how people interact with each other, even if I don't feel comfortable participating at first. Some place sort of like the cafeteria in high school, I guess. Occasionally I'd manage to approach people there, but the rest of the time I'd just eat, or sit there and listen to the conversations going on around me. I felt a lot more stable then... now it seems like I have to actively pull interaction from the Internet all day long (particularly this forum) just to retain a sense of my own existence.
It's also come up because I'm realizing that I won't be able to find a job right away now that I've started looking, but the problem of my uncomfortable level of isolation and deterioriating, outmoded social skills still remains.
So I suppose what I'm really asking is, do people ever go places to engage in non-goal oriented interaction, simply because they feel like interacting with or observing interactions with people? And, is this considered acceptable?