What a relief! A new study indicates social withdrawal isn’t always a bad thing.
Researchers at the University at Buffalo looked at the motivation behind the desire to be alone. They cite three reasons why people avoid others. One is plain old shyness because of fear or anxiety. A second is avoidance, dislike of being with others or social interaction.
The third, however, is that some people just like spending time reading or working on their computers. They call this unsociability. Can I hear an amen from the introverts of the world?
That third category of people may not initiate social opportunities but will accept them if offered, so they are not totally missing out on peer interaction.
The first two categories result in negative outcomes like lack of social skills or support. The third is positively correlated with creativity. This gives me great comfort.
So, if you are like me and really would prefer to keep your distance most of the time, go ahead. Embrace your solitude. You know you want to.