It’s not that introverts hate all people. It’s just that peopling exhausts us — especially meeting new people. We dread icebreakers and the thought of making small talk makes us queasy.
Some interactions are more exhausting than others, and we prefer to reserve our energy for meaningful interactions and relationships. And when we’re done peopling, we need alone time to recharge.
Here are 21 hilarious tweets that sum up what it’s like to be an introvert:
We rely on our phones to help keep us at a safe distance from people:
But we never want to actually talk on the phone:
I'm sorry I didn't answer when you called my phone. I don't use it for that.
— heather boooo* (@heatherlou_) July 24, 2015
We want there to be more kindness in the world:
Me: Why isn’t there more kindness in the world?
Also me: I hope I don’t have to talk to anybody today.
— Abby Heugel (@AbbyHasIssues) September 19, 2017
But from our safe, isolated spaces:
Introvert dream homes pic.twitter.com/FPZOXYrA2Q
— Introvert Life (@IntrovertLiving) March 1, 2017
We dread leaving our safe spaces:
"This is a mistake"
-I whisper as I leave my house
— Swishergirl (@Swishergirl24) March 21, 2014
And live in constant fear of party invitations:
Major disappointment for a teen: not being invited to a party.
Major disappointment for an adult: being invited to a party.
— Kate Hall (@KateWhineHall) October 26, 2016
In fact, we’ll look for just about any reason to cancel:
I hate to cancel. I know we made plans to get together tonight but that was two hours ago. I was younger then, and full of hope.
— Marly (@VerbsRProudest) October 3, 2014
Literally any generic excuse:
FRIEND: do u want to hang out this weekend
ME: generic excuse
FRIEND: did u just say "generic excuse"
— Bob Vulfov (@bobvulfov) February 10, 2016
And when we don’t cancel, we get more anxiety with each additional person:
— yosan hates kim ☭ (@apunkgrl) August 21, 2016
Parties definitely intensify our fear of small talk:
How to make small talk with an introvert in three easy steps:
2. Don't do it
3. Teach others the first two steps
— Introvert Life (@IntrovertLiving) January 16, 2016
And that might make us come across as kind of awkward:
Sorry I'm late, just didn't want to come, so I was trying to limit the amount of time I'd be here. I'll leave early, too. Anyway what's up?
— keith (@tchrquotes) October 3, 2015
We’re usually in a rush to leave as soon as we get there:
ME: Wanna get out of here and *looks around nervously* go to separate places separately?
— Caitlin (@caithuls) October 25, 2017
There’s really only one kind of party we enjoy:
I'm having an introvert party and you're all not invited.
— Sarcasticsapien (@Sarcasticsapien) October 1, 2015
We enjoy it a lot:
Ain't no party like an introvert party because it's me, at home, in my yoga pants.
— Ramblin' Mama (@ramblinma) July 2, 2016
Not that it matters to us if you understand:
Introverts have fun too, we just don't care if you know…
— Boyd's Backyard™ (@TheBoydP) October 11, 2014
But at least we understand each other:
My child just said “why are you still talking to me” and I’ve never felt like I understood him more
— bottom of my purse (@Bottomofmypurse) October 27, 2017
We’ll avoid contact with others at all costs:
My life would be so much easier if it wasn't for that thing…God, what is that thing called…other people.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) January 15, 2016
Seriously. AT ALL COSTS:
75% of my FitBit steps are from avoiding other parents at school functions.
— Rodney Lacroix (@moooooog35) October 4, 2017
We especially like to avoid awkward physical contact:
You know who loves group hugs? Pickpockets.
— Octopus/Caveman (@OctopusCaveman) October 28, 2017
And opening up isn’t really our thing:
me opening up to someone pic.twitter.com/SZu8x7OKH3
— Relatable Quotes (@RelatableQuote) October 17, 2015
Not that it will stop us from complaining about it:
me: i'm so lonely. why doesn't anyone ever ask to hang out??
me: *never replies to texts* *likes being alone*
— Jamie Curry (@jaamiecurry) April 22, 2016
Being an introvert is like living in a prison we’ve built for ourselves, but we like it that way. We’d rather eat sand than have awkward introductions or talk about the weather.
But the good news is, once you overcome the walls we’ve built, you’re in for life. Sometimes we just need an extrovert to adopt us to help us get there.