The idea of being a recluse may still be deemed to be a mental illness by some who’ve grown up being around people all the time. But the act of being out in the world and interacting with people can take a toll sometimes on trying to get along with everyone and in one’s finances. Those very reasons may be why recluses ended up being the way they are now, even if it’s hard to imagine how they even coped in the first place being in the outside world.
There could be much more reclusive people out there than we even know now thanks to living in the age of the Internet. Is it possible to live a life without even having to interact with many people face to face? If you’re that afraid of human interactions, you might be surprised at how successful you may be above and perhaps beyond those who interact with people.
Saving Money Being at Home
It’s noted that when you start becoming a social butterfly, you’re probably going to be influenced by those people into doing things you may not have done otherwise. While this can be beneficial in doing more exciting things, it can also be a detriment if you have a tendency to hang around people who do things negatively. You’ll also be spending more money in being social due to going to movies, live shows, and restaurants. Many of those outlets have raised their prices in recent years, and it requires a larger income in order to keep you from losing money.
By having all your entertainment at home, you’re already saving perhaps hundreds of dollars each month. Particularly if you have a good sense of gastronomy and can cook from home, you also have everything you need in your own abode.
Keep in mind that even recluses can still have family and friends over to their homes for dinner. Being a recluse doesn’t mean shunning people completely from your life and only means avoiding going out regularly in public. This isn’t to say some people don’t shun people completely from their life, which would be deemed more of a real mental illness.
The Use of Social Media
If a poll was ever conducted, we might find out that at least a quarter (if not more) of the people who use social media regularly are possible recluses. It’s amazing how many solid friendships can be made on social media without even meeting face to face. For those who manage to nurture those friendships further, video chats are so visually clear now that it can seem those friends are in the same room with you.
Even interactivity for entertainment can be just as engaging as it is live. While seeing a new movie or live show will obviously have to be experienced by physically attending, many movies are available on Netflix not long after release. With TV becoming the new movie theater lately, interactive commentary on Twitter and other outlets can help nurture a large circle of friends without ever meeting them in person during your lifetime.
Making Money Without Interacting in the Outside World
It’s come to the point in recent years where unless you’re working in the upper echelons of a professional career, you may not be making all that much money working in the field. With career opportunities burgeoning on the net, far more people are working online and making more money than they would in the outside world. The ability to start a business online is already exponentially easier than just five years ago. Also, the outlets to be a writer or a technical professional right from your home never stave off and only keep growing.
Even if self-employment taxes can be a little expensive, the money you make online won’t have to rely on a minimum wage. Companies that hire you determine what you make based on your experience or calculated on the worth of your work.
In the long run, many people may end up becoming more reclusive just to save money and not deal with the potentially troublesome aspects of social interaction. Regardless, balancing it with some social engagement still needs to be done before the Internet clouds the perception of reality. Despite the vividness of immediate news, experiencing some things live will help shape reclusive individuals into better and less naïve people when interacting online.