I had good social skills and many friends prior to becoming a JW. Friends who were there for each other. I gave them all up, believing I would find new friends in the organization. I was wrong. In 20 years as a JW I didn't have a single friend. No matter how much I did in the congregation or how much I pioneered, I was always viewed with suspicion because I "used to be worldly". The only times I received invitations was when someone was looking for a gift, such as weddings. Even then I was never invited for the dinner portion - that honour was reserved for those with titles. The only time my phone ever rang was when someone was trying to extract something from me - money, gift, or free labour. In the 3 congregations I was in during those 20 years I met the most utterly horrible and hateful people I've ever known. The sort of people who steal your business while you're laid up with an injury and then come up to you at the next meeting with feigned interest and plastic smile.
I could not imagine living in a new system, a so called paradise - a world filled with only Jehovah's Witnesses! I'd rather roast in the Catholic's Hell than live in a world populated with filth like that.
I eventually stopped going to any congregation social functions. I was virtually shunned at them anyway. No loss. Most of them were too stupid to converse about a single topic for more than 3 minutes before their eyes would glaze over - and yes, I timed them because I was curious about the phenomenon. I wonder if the structure of their watchtower studies decreases their attention span, making it difficult to concentrate on more than one paragraph at a time.
So now I've been out for over 2 years. My family lives out of town and I see them every couple of weeks. I don't really get out of the house for anything other than to go to work or buy groceries. I live alone with only my bird for company. I don't really mind it, except that I have no one to call for assistance when I'm laid up with a bad back or something, like I am today. Then again, I didn't have anyone to call when I was a JW either - none of them ever helped me if I desperately needed it. At least now I know where I stand.