Many years ago my son was in his bedroom working through a set of chess problems with the help of a board and pieces. When one of his friends came to visit I said, "He's inside playing with himself."
Since joining chess com last year I've realised there is a parallel between solo chess and solitaire.
It's not the apparent solitude of sitting at a computer playing somebody on the other side of the world; after all, they're real people and it's a real game. It's the problem caused by the extremely slow navigation from game to game.
To get around it I started running a solitaire game alongside the chess.com interface. Now I just play a game or two or while I'm waiting for the screen to load.
Thank heaven I've got ADSL2+ ... it must take forever on dial-up.