Someone close once said to me.
I am just fine by myself. I like my own company and unlike most people - I do not feel lonely.
I call BS on anyone that says that and is not a psychopath.
I think being alone - by choice or circumstance - has a deep negative impact.
I have observed people.... before and after they were secluded from exposure to other people. They all seem to share some common traits.
Often new parents - who neither have the time or the energy to socialize - have a distinct deterioration of social skills.
Immigrants or people who are new to a place and don't have a lot of friends and people to talk to routinely.
Nerds or people that spend more time either on games or indoors - with other non-living things.
Retired/older people who society unfortunately isolates and doesn't give a chance to socialize like before.
In general, people whose circumstance or sometimes ego doesn't enable a constant back and forth with another human being is dying a little everyday.
Next time someone tells you - I don't need people - know that it is a cry for a hug.
Please give them one - and give them your time.