Social Skills Are Very Nice To Have But Ultimately Optional
This is a shorter article that wants to quickly make a particular point.
One factor in the whole question about whether you should improve your social skills is that while there are tons of benefits to being better with people, when it really comes down to it, someone could technically live their life without doing a lot of socializing.
Someone who did this would have to decide that, a) the benefits of socializing aren't that enticing to them, and b) that the rewards of not interacting with people are important enough to outweigh the inconveniences.
Not socializing undoubtedly goes against the grain of society and is very impractical. Anyone who chooses that path would need to have to have a thick skin against other people's opinions and judgments of them. It could be done though. Most people probably wouldn't become complete hermits, but many could pull off a step or two below that.
Without this article turning into a guide on how to socialize as little as possible, I can think of a menu of ways people could cut various aspects of the social world out of their lives:
- Find a career where you can work from home.
- Find a career where you work on your own a lot of the time.
- Have items delivered to you instead of going to the store.
- Be very selective about the types of people you're friends with.
- Socialize online instead of face to face.
- Be independently wealthy somehow (if only it were so easy).
- Have family members who are willing to financially support your lifestyle.