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Brendan Barstow # Posted on August 25, 2012 at 4:20 pm

On a human-wide evolutionary level? Because being around other people means cooperation and survival, so a desire to be with others provides a significant advantage to meeting members of opposite sex, sharing food, attaining security, and safety for the pack/tribe’s children.

On an individual level, people get their energy from different places. Some people recharge when they’re alone, and use that energy in social situations; others get their energy from socializing and expend it when alone. Either personality type requires a balance between the two.

I’m personally of the first type- I find socializing for extended periods of time to be exhausting, albeit enjoyable, so I gotta recharge alone. Even still, I understand the value that being around people has for your sanity and overall well-being.