Lets face it. Those of us who trade from home aren't immune to the dearth of social contact that defines the life of stay-at-home speculator. I'm a young 30, but notice my friends in more traditional work enjoy far more opportunity to develop skills that also double for social competency - presentations (public speaking), work comradery (friendships), dealing with assholes (politics). IOW, "real world" experience. There isn't much of any "real world" (aka social) experience gained by sitting infront of a computer, day-in, day out, punching buttons - except money. This might not offend or rattle some older traders who spent years in the Corporate trenches having learnt their social lessons. But for the young guys, like me, who've only worked a few years in the 'real world', I fear my life as a trader will put me squarely behind my peers in terms of social development. I fear being left behind - socially. How do those of you in a similar predicament address this? I've seriously considered volunteer work outside market hours. Also, join toastmasters for public speaking. After that, spend as much free time with friends and family in a social setting, as possible? My concern is the extra curricular stuff won't be enough to fill the gap? The goal is to become a well-rounded person. Lets hear it.