This is probably THE question. It seems a quite simple one. It isn't. It's actually very difficult IMHO to define what you want out of your life.Think about what you want out of your life
The 9 to 5 appeal may be to have part of your life where is no question: Go to work every single day at a certain place. Meet the same people. Have the same boring "conversations" which aren't really conversations anyway. Do what you're told, etc.
It may be the answer to partially NOT ask yourself this important question.
If OP wants friends and people to interact with, he's free to do so and choose them. Is going to a 9 to 5 the answer? (only him can answer this for himself).