Ultimately it comes down to the "Race to the Top". With all of the griping and complaints to come about from ANY kind of nerf or slow-down of progression in this game, would you expect the audience to be doing anything less than the most efficient route? When solo, not competing for mobs or resource nodes is a huge speed boost. When grouped, it is still best to form your party and run in with Friends Only mode. It is upon we the players to build the in-game environment we desire. I've been quite guilty of running around in Friends Only mode myself. Perhaps it is time I commit to being more social, myself.