THE SOCIAL EXPERINCE: I was a bit uneasy about going to the play alone at first. I knew friends that took this class last semester so I knew to go dressed in something more than my everyday leggings and t-shirt. While waiting outside for the doors to open, I felt uncomfortable because I wasn't engaged in conversation like those around me. Once I was inside and it didn't matter who was to the left or right of me, I felt calmer. Attending the play alone was, in a way, better in terms of being able to really take it in. I could sit back and enjoy the play and, I feel, comprehend it better. Not going with anyone made it easy to not get distracted by things like social media or the outside world. I didn't concern myself too much with what was going on outside of what was happening on stage. After the first act, everyone except for me and someone at the opposite end of my row disappeared. I was surprised at this. The play wasn't awful, in fact it was quite good. However, I bet that when one decided to leave, they all did. I didn't feel any pressure to leave or to stay, I stayed because I genuinely wanted to.
In most cases, I think going though life with others is super beneficial. However, I do think there are some experiences that need to happen alone. I've had my fair share of hardships, some with people and some without. I think it depends on the person, too. For me, my mom and my dad have been the people I've been going through life with. I can honestly say I wouldn't be the person I am today without the experiences I've had or the people I went through them with. On the other hand, my generation is notorious for traveling in cliques. I saw it all though high school and a bit here at UF. From psychology, I've learned that people tend to look around at others when unsure how to act or feel. This concept, called the social comparison theory, is something that humans have been doing since birth. It's also tied into the theory of diffusion of responsibility. Sometimes experiencing things with others can hinder more than it helps. However, I honestly think it's depends on the experience.