Re: Question about buddhism.
HC, Buddhism teaches how to gain understanding into the process of awakening out of the syndrome of suffering by not falling prey to neurotic desire.
The conventional situations that you mention are not denigrated or shunned by Buddhism, but like all systems there are many perversions of the basic understanding and message.
Often adherants may follow particular regimins which may include avoiding societal types of activities and then improperly this activity may be seen by others as somehow Buddhistic while they are actually only personel disciplines.
This is often the case with the inexperienced believer, copying behavior rather than seeking indepth understanding. It can also be, perhaps personelly right minded, in the egoic attemptation to limit societal interaction because ones perspective identity is not strong enough to deal with the dynamic power of human activities.
However confusing the elementary or imature or personel interactive behaviors with the reality and beauty of people, is like throwing out the baby w the bath water.
Impuning them negatively rather than having the knowledge that being with people, helping people, loving people, thinking first and foremost about people and their imagined and real needs, are the way and the life of the path of awakeningism taught by Buddhas.