, meaningless distract
. This can range in levels of engagement and interactivity from masturbation
to watching television
to cultivating an MP3
collection to writing bad poetry
to redecorating your apartment to doing push ups
to adding to Everything at 2:35 am to engaging in conspicuous consumption
and the work needed to support it.
The effects of any one of the above can generally be compounded after sufficient imbibance of marijuana or alcohol (which may well replace the loneliness with sedation or belligerence, respectively) but many of us raised as part of the MTV Generation will find that any one of the activities is no longer sufficient to engage our ADD music video attention span and that to properly beat solitude into hiding in the corner, two or more of the activities must be combined to completely remove one from reality and the grim social situation one lives in.