As a kid, I always thought I was weird because I preferred to be alone. Don’t get me wrong, I loved hanging out with my friends, spending hours on the phone, birthday parties and all that jazz! But at the end of the day, I loved being alone in my room. Not only did I love it, but I craved it. I needed it!
I thought that being quiet meant you were not social. And that was bad. I didn’t want to be a loner. I never admitted that I preferred to be alone. As I got older, I still didn’t admit it, but it was easier to hide
Introverts And Social Media
It wasn’t until I started blogging and getting more involved in social media that I discovered there is a whole world of people out there who are just like me. I truly believe that is why I love social media. I can be alone at home and shut my computer off when I’ve had enough. I can still be very introspective, yet share that with others who understand. When I need to be social, I can get on Twitter or Skype and there is always someone there. It’s like the best of both worlds.
I now know that being an Introvert is different from being a loner. I have 4 kids and only 1 of my kids is more of an introvert. He prefers (and craves) that time with his own thoughts.
I only wish our society would be more understanding of the Introverts. Not everyone is an Extrovert. If I’m at a party and surveying the situation and figuring out where I fit in, you don’t need to ask me why I’m being quiet. Just let me be. When I am ready to mingle, I will!
Are you an introvert or extrovert?
This post was prompted by the book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts. Author Susan Cain explores how introverts can be powerful in a world where being an extrovert is highly valued. Join From Left to Write on January 19 as we discuss Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain. We’ll also be chatting live with Susan Cain at 9PM Eastern on January 26.
Disclosure: As a member of From Left to Write, I received a copy of the book. All opinions are my own.
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- Are You an Introvert or a Extrovert? (Quiz) (fromlefttowrite.com)
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- No, The Internet Does Not Make Introverts More Introverted [The Internet] (gawker.com)