posted on May, 31 2012 @ 08:34 PM
If it were temporary, OTC, and cheap, it might not be such a bad thing.
Seeing some attractive female is distracting, particularly if you don't have much to offer because you're broke, not being part of her social
circle, etc. Then you find yourself thinking about somebody that would honestly have nothing to do with you. When stuck in that situation there's
usually no means to scratch that itch in a socially acceptable manner. In some people, those kind of thoughts can even make it difficult to socialize.
I know I'd rather be alone than feel self conscious about leering (or wanting to) at somebody. I find it too awkward. I'm sure this even goes far
enough to lead to worse fustrations and depression in some folks. If not depressed, some may even misdirect that into violence or other socially
negative outwards behavior.
This problem must be common enough though, I'm sure a good part of the "forever alone" meme is rooted in it. Not to mention it's funny how the
internet culture makes memes out of things most people would rather not talk about otherwise. Besides, those kind of memes wouldn't exist if people
couldn't relate to them.
Sure meditation and stuff like that can work to clamp down such desires. But that in itself requires focus. Would be nice to turn it off without that
extra effort, or possibly use the time and energy that would have been directed to such meditation for other goals.
Still the desire isn't a bad thing either, it can positively drive motivation in some cases. Having it permanently tamped down could be depressing
and boring too. So it's not all bad, just the extremes.
If there were something that lasted about as long as coffee in effect and wasn't any more harmful, and could take that edge off when it becomes too
distracting, sure I'd give it a try on occasion. Socializing could even be easier too, as you're not thinking about "you know" and focus on
the conversation topics. (Who knows, it might even have the benefit of making the return swing more fun when you do feel free to let yourself go.)