I read somewhere that extroverted people "recharge" by being around other people and if your basically introverted you "recharge" by having alone time.
i agree with you and latenight.
i think that i am generally introverted, and i really recahrge with 'alone' time or time spent doing low-energy things, like on those nights when both my boyfriend and i are at home, we'll make dinner or go out, then just take a walk, maybe stop at starbucks or some such place, and we'll use that time to catch up with each other. because of our upside down schedules, our 'going out with friends' consists of going to brunch or once every couple months a double date for dinner or a show.
we do often tell each other we need more friends, especially since a few have moved away in the past year, but the conundrum is just how do we meet new people to be friends? anyone here, and in our area, interested? (kinda kidding but not completely).
also, i spend my work day/night calling people, talking, writing, etc., and i like to unwind by doing nothing or listening instead of talking. and i hate talking about my work - i like my job but i just think 'i'm off the clock, 'let's talk about fun stuff, and food, and sports and music instead of the news of the day.'
i believe though, there's a difference, before anyone disses the introverts, between an introvert and someone who is anti-social. i am generally skeptical of strangers, new people, etc.,, but once i am friends with someone, i'll be one of their best friends, and you know, i try to be generally pleasant with folks i don't know.
maybe age has something to do with it as well. even though i was much more introverted in my early 20s, i went out to clubs almost every night - i wasn't the social butterfly type, but i just needed to be around lots of people, with the loud music thumping and people dancing, etc. but once you find that special someone, and after your friends you went clubbing with don't do so anymore, you have much less reason to go to the bars/clubs. nowadays we'll go to a bar/club maybe once a month, usually on an off-night or i may go alone if i know the guy/gal who is dj-ing, just to show my support.