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It often seems like human beings are constantly searching for something to connect to. Our iPhones have basically become a part of our bodies and we’re addicted to the rush of dopamine that follows every new text, tweet, and notification. We’re so driven by “likes” that even something as simple as eating a meal is now worthy of social sharing — oops. (Seriously, the internet might actually be ruining everything.)

And these days, it’s becoming harder and harder to disconnect and spend time alone. But why is that? Well, we think it might have something to do with the stigma attached to being alone. Some may consider it to be a bad thing. While others may just find the FOMO to be too much to handle.

Either way, we know there’s a fine line between “being alone” and “being lonely.” So, it’s completely healthy to spend time by yourself.

Still, depending on your personality, the idea of being alone could send you into full panic mode or it could make your little heart sing with glee. And there are a few things only those who *really* love being alone will understand.

1The need to recharge

For an introvert or anyone who thrives off their alone time, too much social interaction can be draining. There is no better way to recharge than spending time alone. The peace, stillness, and mental solitude you experience while you’re by yourself is unlike anything else and super helpful in recovering from the stresses of daily living.

2Constantly having to explain yourself

Your loved ones mean well but they might not always understand your need for alone time. You’ll often find yourself having to explain your needs while reassuring them with the old “It’s not you, it’s me” line.

3The super insightful conversations with…yourself

If you’re spending a lot of time with yourself, chances are you’ll end up gaining a deeper understanding of who you are. A little bit of solitude could help you get in touch with your emotions and find some clarity too.

4The unadulterated joy that comes with someone canceling plans

You can only flake so many times, and because you do care about your friends, you’ll occasionally give into going out with them. But if you’re lucky, they might end up canceling.

5Also, the joy of never wearing pants

This one needs no real explanation!

6The unexpected moments of inspiration

Those who’ve spent a significant amount of time alone will tell you: Inspiration strikes when least expect it. And research shows that people come up with their best material on their own.

7Boredom? What boredom?

Spending a lot of time alone may seem boring to some people, but for others it’s as necessary as breathing.