Just curious to see how people feel about this generally, though I think it may have been discussed before.
I have a pretty good network of friends, including a few who have very similar interests to mine, and if I want to go to a concert, exhibition, etc there's a good chance I will ask someone or some people to join me.
However, I often go to these events alone, too. This is especially likely under any of the following circumstances:
-It's one of my hobbies which is kind of a niche/unusual area and I genuinely don't really have friends who are into it, or not enough;
-It's very time-sensitive - there is a limited number of tickets and/or it's something likely to sell out fast, and if I try to rally friends to go I might miss it altogether;
-I decide spontaneously that I'm happy with my own company for the evening but I really want to take in a movie, or something.
Sometimes I even prefer being alone, because it takes the pressure off and I can just experience my own enjoyment. If I'm with other people, I tend to worry a bit that they won't enjoy themselves or something will somehow go a bit wrong.
I ask because I'm well aware that a lot of people pretty much 100% refuse to do this. I have had people laugh or stare in disbelief or pity when I've told them I went alone to something like this, or that someone else did. With certain types of people I end up feeling like I have to justify myself. These are the people who say things like "the experience is all about the people I was there with." Some of my best experiences (of various sorts) in life have been alone - just as some of the best have been with friends or family. I guess I just don't feel like "the experience is all about the people I was with" if it's some artistic experience that on its own means a lot to me. What I love doing above all with friends or family is having great, long chats. If it's some kind of cultural/etc experience that we both feel deeply about, then yes, I'd love to be there with certain friends or family. Otherwise, it's ok either way.
I think it's probably more common for extroverts to be totally unwilling to do something like this alone, but I'm not sure that it's totally an introvert/extrovert thing. Is it related to functions? Is it just a very individual thing? I'd be interested to hear what you think or your own views or experiences.