12/08/2014 07:32 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

24 Ways Working From Home Will Destroy Your Soul


Working from home may seem like a dream come true. But do it for too long and you run the risk of becoming something you're not. Namely, a soulless work zombie fearful of light and all forms of social interaction.

Home workers heed our warning. We've seen it happen ourselves:

It starts with the lack of free office food at home.

So you get stuck eating week-old ramen from your fridge.

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Or you just end up eating stuff like this.

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Worse, you blow all your money on delivery.

You also miss the office inside jokes.

Trying to actually figure out what's going on in conference calls is exhausting.

And somehow the most embarrassing thing in your life ends up in your video conference screen.

You’ll also soon realize that you absolutely hate your roommate.

And everyone that you actually like starts questioning whether you have a real job.

Your boss never believes you when you say you’re feeling under the weather, even though you really are.

Really, no matter what you do, your boss doesn't really believe anything you say.

Happy hour turns into “drinking at home alone” hour.

If we’re being honest, a lot of hours turn into “drinking at home alone” hour.

Then your co-workers will begin to think of you as something less than human.

The thought “do I have to take a shower to get dressed today?” actually crosses your mind.

Then you question even getting out of bed while you work.

Even if you get out of bed, your “sitting” positions become increasingly odd.

You lose all self-respect.

Then there’s the isolation.

Facebook becomes your only means to communicate with the outside world.

There’s no way it can be healthy to not leave the house until 6 p.m. every day.

Speaking with other humans begins to get less fun and more scary.

Then there’s the day you realize no one can hear you scream.

That’s when you know it’s time to go back to the office. Or at least leave the apartment.