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I love you all, really, but please leave me alone

I've had quite a career boost this year and at the same time (and for related reasons,) my social circle has tripled (and it was large to begin with.) I'm involved with multiple organizations I care about, but have become utterly overwhelmed. I feel the need to take a 6 week social hiatus for my own mental health, starting Jan 1. How do I respond to social invites, without sounding ungrateful or aloof or snobby, that I just need some time off? (I can't lie and say I'm out of town as we would cross paths professionally. And I work freelance so they know I have "free time" during the day.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2014 - 21 answers

Lifeless in Palo Alto.

Six months ago I moved from Maryland to the Bay Area to start a new life in tech. I knew no one here before moving. The weather here is wonderful. I live and work in Palo Alto at a startup-y job with long hours. I am often pretty dang miserable outside of work. How can I have more fun day to day? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Dec 4, 2013 - 20 answers

I don't know anyone at my college; I want friends, parties, and hookups

I'm finally realizing that even though I'm at a huge school, people won't just magically come to me, so I'm trying to make new friends, go new places, and enjoy myself. I want to be the guy that everyone knows, who is always busy. Problem is, I don't understand how to start since I don't know anyone, and since I've been in this situation for two years now, I can't play the "new in town" card anymore. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2013 - 33 answers

Help me either leave my urban tribe, or accept my place in it

This past year I got involved in a local community of people. I have mixed feelings and am looking for your relevant experiences with close-knit urban tribes. [more inside]
posted by htid on Mar 6, 2013 - 23 answers

Human male social etiquette question.

I've asked a couple questions about building a richer social life on AskMeta, and a few times I've gotten the suggestion that I should be spending more one-on-one time with friends and acquaintances. My observations suggest that women socialize this way more often than men do. Tell me I'm wrong, then share tips. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Feb 21, 2013 - 16 answers

Thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.

I feel like I'm trying to do too many things at once, all of them poorly. I also feel that I'm doing myself a big disservice by being in this situation. I feel like my life is in total disorder. I feel like I'm losing the race, to be honest. I'm afraid that the only way to win the race is to run faster, which I'm finding very difficult. Sordid details following. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Nov 17, 2012 - 9 answers

If you take a walk out in the street, chances are there's someone that you'll meet.

Becoming a "regular" at a bar or cafe: is that even a real thing? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Aug 20, 2012 - 105 answers

A little something to make me sweeter.

My social relationships start out as acquaintance with classmates, coworkers, and roommates. Then they progress to casual friendships, in which I hang out in bars and do small favors (help carry stuff, give rides). Then they stagnate or die. I have little in the way of family, so "chosen family" is an ideal that appeals to me a lot. Sadly, I have no one like that and things aren't moving in that direction at all. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Jun 24, 2012 - 42 answers

I want to be alone! (but I want to want to NOT be alone...)

My job (which I love) is sapping my small reserve of social energy and killing my (already near non-existent) social life. I don't want to be a hermit! How can I get more interested in doing things with people after work instead of always cocooning? [more inside]
posted by Knicke on May 25, 2012 - 25 answers

Help a high school junior get a social life

I am a high school junior who is growing unsatisfied with his social life. How can I meet people outside of school? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 21, 2012 - 20 answers

Me : Extrovert. She : Introvert. Can this relationship survive? Should it?

Me : Extrovert. She : Introvert. Can this relationship survive? Should it? [more inside]
posted by Sloop John B on Mar 28, 2012 - 67 answers

Meeting new people: I feel like some (women) see me as a child

Meeting a new person; why do I get so frustrated [more inside]
posted by Lotsofcoffee on Feb 28, 2012 - 27 answers

Best cities for single men looking for a fresh start?

Where is the best city for a single male software developer to start over? (Excluding DC, which is where I am now) [more inside]
posted by villafoyager on Feb 8, 2012 - 37 answers

don't call me (for a while), I'll call you (eventually)

What are some socially acceptable ways to "drop out" socially for 6 months or so? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 6, 2012 - 12 answers

Big Ideas Social Club?

I live in Washington, DC, and I'd like to get together with people and talk about interesting ideas, preferably somewhere where networking bullshit is kept to a bare minimum. I don't care what they do for a living or what big ideas they're fluent in, just want them to be interesting. Does this thing exist and, if not, how do I create it? [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk on Oct 29, 2010 - 9 answers

When to do a career change?

Career Change Filter: I've decided to change careers, but don't know when. Should I do it now, or should I wait and work more on my social life. Any advice appreciated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 9, 2010 - 4 answers

Career change and creating a new social life at the same time?

Seriously considering a career change that is completely different from my current position. This will require going back to school for at least a couple of years. However, I've never been the most social person in the world and REALLY want to change that. I’m torn. This desire is really holding me back and I would value anyone's opinion or perspective. [more inside]
posted by MeanderingSun on Feb 24, 2010 - 11 answers

Is it possible to build or join a tight knit group of friends after you're out of your young 20's, etc?

Watching this video should have made me smile. Instead it has brought me to the sad and striking realization that I'm getting older, and have lost a lot of the meaningful connections I had through my younger 20's. Is it possible to get that sort of thing back in your 30s? [more inside]
posted by twiggy on Jul 23, 2009 - 22 answers

I need a pal!

How do you make friends in a small town? [more inside]
posted by WowLookStars on Jun 2, 2009 - 21 answers

Is it possible that hanging out too much with the same circle of friends can be... inhibiting?

Is it possible that hanging out too much with the same circle of friends can be... inhibiting? [more inside]
posted by Myles on Dec 15, 2008 - 24 answers

I'm all doom and gloom

Help me with my negativity! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 26, 2008 - 29 answers

Do I need more of a social life?

How much am I missing out on by not having much of a social life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 29, 2008 - 38 answers

Finding friends in the no-fun city?

I'm currently living in the Mt. Pleasant area of Vancouver. I'm a 30ish male. I took a week of vacation and the highlight of today was paying off my library fines. I would like to get a bit more of a social life.... [more inside]
posted by concreteforest on Apr 19, 2007 - 7 answers

Personality assumptions based on interpersonal interaction.

What assumptions can generally be made about a person or potential partner based on their treatment of others? [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja on Mar 7, 2007 - 32 answers

Am I on the wrong track?

Do research scientists have social lives? [more inside]
posted by mayfly wake on Nov 12, 2006 - 16 answers

Does anybody actually meet anybody else in this town?

I've been living in NYC for three years, and am feeling the most acute loneliness I've felt since middle school. How are you supposed to actually meet anyone in this town? [more inside]
posted by kenoshakid on Aug 20, 2006 - 38 answers

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