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boredom: wouldn't you rather be alone?

Marc and I showed up early to church last Sunday. We let Josie wander into an empty room, and she was climbing around on the chairs while we just sat. At 9:32-ish Marc wanted to go get our seat for the 9:40 service, I told him I'd rather hang out where we were because they never get the service started on time, it's always boring just sitting there waiting to get it started.

He's like, "But all the people are in there."

I told him if I had to be bored, I'd much rather be bored in an empty room than one full of people.

He said that was weird! People-watching is at least some entertainment, and odds are you might strike up a conversation with someone, you never know.

So I posted online about it someplace, and nearly everyone agreed with me that if you're going to be bored, it's better to be bored alone than bored & surrounded by people. People make everything awkward, and complicated, and you can't just be.

Marc said this was an irrelevant, biased opinion because it's not fair to use internet people to gage the effects of social interaction. They're on the internet for a reason.

Psh. I say go internet. Finally introverts can unite and take over the world, on lj entry at a time, right?

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sandokai
Oct. 4th, 2011 03:43 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. I'm an introvert but I like people watching and chatting it up (small talk, etc.) I'd go early to look at the stained glass/woodwork/etc. though...
tequiladawn
Oct. 4th, 2011 04:19 pm (UTC)
Theres a song lyric like that: if I have to be lonely, I'd rather be alone.

I can go either way on that issue, it really depends me. Sometimes I don't want random people to talk to me, sometimes I -am- that random person who walks up and tries to start a conversation!
aliki
Oct. 4th, 2011 07:28 pm (UTC)
I'm a people watcher, so my vote is with Marc!
ostrich327
Oct. 5th, 2011 12:39 am (UTC)
If I'm definitely going to be bored either way, I'd usually rather do it alone. I can space out and day dream and not worry that someone's going to interrupt my thoughts or wonder why I'm staring into space.
consortofvenus
Oct. 5th, 2011 08:09 am (UTC)
Preach it.
mrs_dragon
Oct. 5th, 2011 11:47 pm (UTC)
Totally an introvert/extrovert thing. Me: Alone and bored. The extroverted hubby? In a room of people and bored.
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