It’s OK To Be Alone

"The mere presence of other people, [Koch] notes, obliges us to coordinate our experience with theirs, thereby diminishing the scope of our actions. As one’s experience of viewing a painting in a museum changes when another person walks up, our subjective experience is influenced by the slightest interaction with another person. We become conscious not only of the object we are viewing, but also of ourselves as viewers." - Solitude: An Exploration of Benefits of Being Alone