In the “articles that didn’t need to be written” category, as well as the “articles that make no sense” category, I came across this one. There have been lots of articles written about introverts lately, trying to educate others as to how introverts behave and why they behave that way. So I assumed that this article was written with the same consideration. Nope.
Here’s a summary of the suggestions for things to do alone:
- Go to a bar
- Go to a wedding
- Go to a concert
- Do a DIY project at home
- Go to a restaurant or café
- Go to local stores
- Go on a vacation
- Go to school
- Go to the movies
First off, the fact that masturbation didn’t make the list is a major oversight and destroys the author’s credibility. That would be the #1 thing to do while alone.
Jokes aside, the author doesn’t seem to know what the word “alone” means. All but one suggestion involves going out to where people are, many times with the intention of meeting new people. That’s not being alone. The article title should be “10 things to do alone when you don’t want to be alone”.
This article was an easy target, but there are becoming more and more easy targets every day. Another alarming trend I am seeing is grammatical errors in news stories. Things like missing words or misspelled words (probably via autocorrect). In print media, there used to be a position called “editor”, whose role it was to read and correct all stories before publishing. The editor would do normal proofreading, but would also manage the style and tone of the story. When you understand how involved this could be, you gain a greater respect for the editor role.
But in the modern world of self-publishing, immediate deadline, 24-hour news, the editor role seems to be obsolete. Editors would be more suited for weekly magazines like Time or Newsweek where the articles would be a more in-depth retrospective of events. It’s kind of sad to me.
So what’s my excuse when I have a spelling mistake or a grammatical error? Well, I don’t have an editor. I do a re-read of my posts usually, sometimes a couple of times. But we know how easy the brain can skip over double words or can mysteriously fill in missing words when you know what’s coming next.