I actually do think that I am a NEET, albeit an atypical one.
I haven't worked in well over a year. The two jobs that I had were also the only jobs I ever had; I first had a real job at the age of 27.
The fact that I did get an advanced degree does make me break the mold, but it didn't pan out for me in the end. I suffered a lot of stress during that time and the requirements for being a NEET, at least technically, state that at the present time you are not in employment, education or training; it doesn't state that you must have never had done those things.
I do have friends, that is true. But they are older than me and I get the feeling that they are just being nice to me. The older I get, the more I get disgusted looks from people, especially younger girls. Needless to say, I've never fucked. Don't really want to by this point; love is an illusion and the sexual needs are provided by the internet and my hands. I would fuck a shemale with big tits, though. That would make for a life event.
I do have the courage to go outside, but I only really do so for maybe two hours out of the day. The rest of the time I spend at my apartment.
I get money from SSI; I can't function without it financially. They were about to kick me off of it because you can't have more than 2,000 dollars in the bank, and I'm similar to some retarded person who never spends his money. So I had to spend a lot of money on new stuff, which I would otherwise never do.
I take anti-psychotic and anti-epileptic meds, and they didn't make me normal. I'm the kind of person that can be stabilized, but not cured. And the meds are probably what is causing me to be too tired to work a full-time job.
I didn't escape the NEET life; just the opposite, the NEET life found me in the end. Despite all of my efforts, I ended up roughly in the same place as you guys. And in some ways, that probably makes my case even more lamentable.