(Original post by Truered)
I was unable to get a job this summer, so I spent a large amount of three months in my room (which was smaller then the one I'd got use to at uni).
Near the end I was walking the dog with my Mum almost everyday- one to get out a bit, and two so my Mum wouldn't start asking me to go on walks to get "fresh air"
That was exactly the same for me when I was living with my parents. When I was around 16-18, I was an absolute loner, I had very few friends. I don't believe this was because people disliked me, as such, I just liked my own space and much preferred doing my own thing. Still do, to an extent. During the summer I would pretty much sit in my room 24/7, much to my mother's concern.
She would be concerned that I didn't have any boyfriends, or friends for that matter, and thought I might be a hikikomori.
I was getting there. I just use to spend all my time watching anime, drawing and urm, sleeping.
My mother would deliberately take me out during the day for some (you guessed it) "fresh air", and maybe go shopping. This changed a little when I went to college in Tokyo, as I moved out of home. I just had nobody to bother me, then. When I decided to study internationally, my parents were shocked, given my nature. Funny thing is, this approach to life hasn't really hindered my career. I go out, I'm sociable and well spoken. I just much prefer watching anime and drawing on my computer, as opposed to, urm, getting drunk somewhere. It also helps that I can smoke my weed in private, can't do that in public.