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Mindful : February 2018
YES5%NO95% All By Myself Answers from our reader survey on solitude Do you identify as an introvert or an extrovert? 42% OF RESPONDENTS SAY THEY’RE primarily introver ts, compared to just 10% extrover ts. 38% identify with both introverted and extrover ted qualities. The last 10% don’t identify with either type. Do you enjoy being alone? What’s your least favorite thing about being alone? • “No one to cuddle.” • “When everyone is at a social function but me, I suffer from FOMO.” • “Wishing I could share a beautiful experience with a friend or loved one.” • “I’m not always motivated to keep a schedule.” • "I hate when people question my pref- erence for being alone." • “When I'm alone, I can’t always be bothered to do special things just for myself.” • “Anxiety can creep in.” If you’re on social media, do you consider yourself to be alone? What do you do when you’re by yourself that you wouldn’t do with company? • “Raid the fridge and watch trashy TV.” • “Talk to myself.” • “Kayak.” • “Work in my garden and flower beds, walk my dogs, and play with my cats.” • “Most of my work is solitary.” • “I meditate, do yoga, and curl up to read a great book.” • “Cook something wonderful and eat it!” • “Wear only my underwear.” • “Dance under the stars on warm sum- mer evenings, and in the living room on cold winter nights.” • “Take the time to be with myself. It's really tough to do that with company.” What’s your favorite thing about being alone? • “It helps me reconstruct my world.” • “The ability to control the level of noise.” • “No pressure to be ‘on’ or polite.” • “It makes me feel independent.” • “No drama!” • “I don’t have to cook.” • “I can feel sick and not worry about feeling that way in front of others.” • “That ‘ahhhhh’ feeling.” • “Noticing that I’m alone but not lonely.” • “The peace. The sweet hum of life. Resting my body.” Are you afraid to be alone? What activities do you like to do alone? The most popular solo activity we included is meditation, which 80% of respondents repor t doing by them- selves. 63% also like spending time in nature, and 59% like to unplug from technology. 53% get their shopping done, while 49% watch TV and 40% do work. Only 32% enjoy eating alone. → YES 62% NO 38% 95% YES 5% NO 6 mindful February 2018 the mindful survey