I've had fantasies of something like this several times. Except that the houseguest thing wouldn't work, because for one thing... we live in a messy apartment that barely has enough room for us, is in a bad neighborhood, my mother wouldn't go for that, I doubt any potential friends would go for it, and I kind of don't think that would help me much anyway. In the fantasies I've had, though... they invite me to their place or something in order to pull me out of my situation and rut, and help me get into functioning in society at large. If that happened... well, that would be wonderful.You know many people in the Internet. It would be a good idea to exploit the source you already have: Your Internet connections. A half thing done. If you have working realtionship with your parents, ask them if you can invite an Internet friend to come to stay in your house as your guest. Somebody you know well and who is more extraverted than you, and lives quite near by, and has the opportunity to come. Then you can make the Internet relationship a real life thing. He or she will extravert you. You do not need more than one person to extravert you. After that you can function in the society at large.
Of course, I know that in real life, people don't put themselves out for people they've only known online. Even though I'm an INJ, I still know where the line between fantasy and reality is. Fantasy is a place with shared emotions, thoughts, and dreams... reality is materialistic, complicated, dangerous, lonely, and meaningless piles of dirt and dust.
If I could get them to meet me somewhere every once in a while, though... maybe that would be enough to show me how to interact over a period of time. I don't really know.
Sigh. Here I am indulging this fantasy yet again, right after I promised myself I'd quit it and focus on reality.
I know... that's what I'm trying to get started on. I suppose I just have to decide on my first step and pursue it... then see what happens.Xander is right. All you need is a little action.
There is no way around it.