Like most aspects of life, the experience of nudism is described in the context of the person doing the describing. In other words, what nudism means to an individual will vary, though there are many common themes.
For me, nudism is an opportunity to enjoy social interactions more easily than I typically can. I am an introvert, which means that I find interacting with large groups of people to be very energy draining, unlike the extrovert who is charged up by interactions with groups.
For non-introverts, the most useful contemporary analogy is what I like to call the social laptop phenomenon.
Imagine for a moment that you are traveling internationally, with a laptop computer that is essential for your work. You remembered to bring the charger, of course, but forgot to include the universal power converter, and your charger won’t plug in. Your hotel’s manager has a similar laptop to yours, and she has graciously allowed you to use her charger at the hotel, but you can’t take it with you during the day.
So, with that framework in mind, can you envision how you use the laptop during the day? The battery level is EVERYTHING, and you are always conscious of how much charge is left, and how your present activity is affecting the charge. To run out of battery power would be a serious problem, one to be carefully avoided.
Socially, introverts can interact and enjoy social groups, but our time is limited and we are always vigilant about running out of “social battery” as it were. We don’t like being socially inept, so the very act of watching our battery level is stressful. Hence, we usually need to go be alone for a while after being with a group.
The freedom of being able to socialize without having to watch one’s battery state is a tremendously empowering sensation. On reflection, I think that the anti-judgmental nature of nudist social interactions functionally turns me into an extrovert; therefore I draw energy from being in a nudist environment.