I've been reading a lot about this lately, about the affects of long term isolation, of little to no human contact or interaction. I also watched a documentary, National Geographic's "Solitary Confinement", explaining what happens to prisoners after extended periods of time in the hole.
If you're interested in looking into it, here are a few interesting bits I've found on the subject -
If you're someone who spends a lot of time alone, do you start to feel different after an extended period of time?
Do you start to notice yourself feeling more paranoid?
Maybe more worried or anxious about when you will have to be in contact with someone again?
What about the feelings of never touching another human being? No hug, no handshake, no pats on the back, etc. - do you feel this after a while?
What are your thoughts on this?
Thanks for answering :-)
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Do you feel that your time spent here on GAG counts as social interaction?
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Yeah, since I started living by myself my mental health has deteriorated a little.. well I've become more confident, more self confident and self assured, and more responsible.. but the way my mum behaves as though she doesn't even want me around doesn't help as now I don't even feel welcome going to the barely a focking half decent family home.
More paranoid.. maybe. More worried or anxious about when I will have to be in contact with someone again.. well if you mean do I get worried or anxious about going back out into the social world after hours of isolation then yeah sometimes. If you mean I worry about how to get in contact with people to hang out and such, well yeah to that too.
Nobody touches me anyway. I didn't like people putting their hands on me as a kid and I had a habit of shrugging or shaking them off. Like, if someone put their hand on my shoulder when I was a kid, it would be like most girls if they get a large bug put on them.. I would instantly be thinking and feeling like "Ah no get it off get it off!" ..I think I want to be touched.. or maybe I want to want to be touched, but don't actually want to be touched. I don't touch other people, because I worry I'm invading their space and because.. I don't like being touched, to me it's unpleasant, so I don't want to do it to other people.. can't initiate hugs (although these I like.. some typical $hit), can't put my hand on someone's shoulder none o' that $hit.
Nothing online is social interaction, not even online video gaming with voice chat.. not even voice and video chat in my opinion.. like a weak attempt at mimicking social interaction at best. Social interaction has to be real.. if it's synthetic, then okay it's synthetic but it's not the real thing. Assuming you're talking about real social interaction as opposed to fake social interaction, then nothing online is social interaction.2