Anyone ever tell you that? Humans will often tell each other, “you need to get out more” when the person is in the midst of “nerding out.” I mean, if I’m being way overly analytical and statistical about sports for example, someone might tell me, “You really need to get out more.” It doesn’t have to be sports, but really any obsession requires a break at one point or another. If someone has been playing Xbox for the last 36 hours straight, they probably “need to get out more.”
In saying all that though, getting out more isn’t always the solution. I reached this conclusion the other day. I was in the car riding shotgun, with my friend at the wheel. He announced to me that later that day his car was going to hit 123,456 (or 1-2-3-4-5-6) miles on the odometer. He noted this rather meaningless milestone with a sense of both pride and joy. I told him he needed to get out more. Soon thereafter though, I realized my suggestion may not have been the best one. The thing is, if he’s already significantly over 120,000 miles on his car, hasn’t he been doing his share of going out already?
Not that I ever had the desire to “go out” every night of the week, but I’ve known people who tend (or at one time in his/her life) to go out four, five, or even six nights a week, drinking and partying. And some of them are not even alcoholics. Nevertheless, going out that much comes with it’s costs. Well, literally the cost/money itself could be an issue – in addition to the toll it takes on the body/lack of sleep/hangovers, etc.
So, while some people probably do need to get out more, others probably need to stay in more. Staying in too much can make you crazy, but going out too much can do the same. It’s all about balance, people — and also choosing the right condescending words to your friends when you want to bust their balls (or ovaries, for that matter).