How do people experience time alone and time with others?
Findings from a new study reveal the complexities of people’s experiences in these fundamental social situations.
The study analyzed self-generated text from more than 1,700 participants who performed a sentence-completion task regarding their experience alone and their social experience when in the company of others.
The results of the study, published in the journal Social Psychology, reported that when people think about themselves with others, they are more focused on the present, and less focused on the past or the future than when they think about themselves alone. Furthermore, when with others, more anxiety and anger, but less sadness, are expressed than when alone.
Time alone is reflected in people’s thoughts as an opportunity to think about past experiences and future plans, to relax from the stress of social interactions, and to engage in self-selected leisure activities.
Being alone and being with others are represented in people’s minds as qualitatively different experiences, each contributing to the formation of an integrated self. One needs a combination of constructive alone and social experiences, as each type of social setting contributes much-needed, unique advantages”.
Considering the current state of remote work and the reintegration of employees to the office space. How will you ensure employees get the right balance of time alone and time with others to maximise personal growth?
Research article: https://econtent.hogrefe.com/doi/10.1027/1864-9335/a000430