For all the importance people assign to introversion and extroversion, they aren’t problems or conditions that you can be diagnosed with, just ways to describe your personality types. The only rule for what makes someone one or the other is that those with an introvert personality recharges from spending time alone and gets burned out by social interaction, while an extrovert gets down in the dumps from being alone for too long and considers getting together with people a pick-me-up.

Still, people who are strongly one or the other have a tendency to misunderstand each other, which is why people with an introvert personality type on Twitter are currently sharing their frustrations with the other side with the trending tag #StupidQuestionsForIntroverts. And although introverts aren’t, by definition, shy or anxious, you certainly can be both, and if you are, there’s some representation in here for you too.

Here are some of the most annoying things you’ve probably heard when you would rather be home in your pajamas with a book.

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Daria B
Community Member
1 year ago

Again, depends. But if you're not my family or close friends, if you want a video conversation with me, we'll have to schedule it in advance, thanks.

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Daria Z
Community Member
1 year ago

It's unfair that we have to fake it at all. Our society is too extrovert-centric! ^__^

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Daria B
Community Member
1 year ago

That's how I am when my batteries are charged. You'll ask me what's wrong when you see me tomorrow.

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A lot of memes and thinkpieces would have you believe that introverted personality individuals and extroverts are at war with each other, but despite the annoyingly silly questions we actually have a lot more in common than we think.

A study from the University of Illinois determined that people who considered themselves introverts and extroverts actually spent about the same amount of time socializing and got about as much enjoyment out of spending time with people, suggesting that the difference may be in the type of social stimulation that people who describe their personality one way or the other prefer, or how they bounced back afterward.

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Paul K. Johnson
Community Member
1 year ago

The phone is right next to me and I almost never answer it. If they start talking to the answering machine and it's spam then I pick up, terminate the call and delete the partial message they just left. If it's someone I know then I let them finish leaving a message and I might call them back in the next month or so.

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Kaisu
Community Member
1 year ago

I always feel some sense of relief when plans are cancelled, unless it's something I spent a lot of money on

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Paul K. Johnson
Community Member
1 year ago

If I were independently wealthy I would almost never leave the house and wouldn't miss a soul. I take a month vacation every year and pretty much stay home. I don't call people, I don't visit people and I'm perfectly happy by myself and have plenty to do.

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Others feel that we put way too much stock in whether we’re introverts or extroverts in the first place, treating them as fixed, mutually exclusive decrees, when many of us fall somewhere in the middle and would say that we behave more like an introvert or extrovert depending on the situation.

It's not an anomaly to have some friends who you don’t mind sitting next to in the same room reading separate books, and others who make you feel like you need a nap after meeting them for coffee. And even the biggest party animal has some hobbies that they have to go home and get back to at some point, right? It shouldn’t be so hard for them to understand and respect that some people have different social batteries, so next time you get one of these stupid questions, you can tell them that.

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IzzieM
Community Member
1 year ago

True. Some alone time to recharge is all I need to maintain a reasonable level of sanity.

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Bob Beltcher
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm mad that you invited someone and your making me leave the house. That means I got to put my pants back on.

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Paul K. Johnson
Community Member
1 year ago

d) people you do know.

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If you’re not feeling that eloquent, though, if somebody asks you why you’re so quiet, you’re perfectly within your right to just pterodactyl screech in their face and see if that’s good enough for them.

#10

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pusheen buttercup
Community Member
1 year ago

One birthday, as a kid, I asked to be alone in the house. I wasn't up to anything, I just wanted peace and quiet

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Bob Beltcher
Community Member
1 year ago

You can learn a lot by being quite.

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Giette Hulsbosch
Community Member
1 year ago

Yup, I'm one of those people who let the phone ring, and text later 'did you call me?'

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#13

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Bob Beltcher
Community Member
1 year ago

Because at work I know what I'm talking about and my coworkers share a common knowledge about our jobs. Outside, I know nothing about you other than your physically present and wearing clothes.

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#14

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Bob Beltcher
Community Member
1 year ago

Fun is watching cartoons with my wife and daughter and laughing while eating dinner and playing with the dog.

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Francis
Community Member
1 year ago

thanks god i can order online.. but still have to talk with the delivery guy D:

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#16

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I’m Foxxy and I know it 😉
Community Member
1 year ago

I have to be approached first, I can’t just go up to someone and start chatting randomly.

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Daria B
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah, now, imagine being an introvert and single and there's someone who offers to "combine you" with "someone they know". Story of my adolescence.

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Kjorn
Community Member
1 year ago

that's why anti-vaxxer exist

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#19

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Daria B
Community Member
1 year ago

This. Spot on.

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Francis
Community Member
1 year ago

"Tell your name and blablabla.." and i instant forget who i am or what i am ...

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#21

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rhyan lumilay
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm not shy, I just don't want to talk and be the center of attention.

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Da Coconut Nut
Community Member
1 year ago

Like Arnold from Magic School Bus(kinda)

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#23

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Hermione Granger
Community Member
1 year ago

Curl up with your dog, eat, and watch tv.

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#24

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Hendra Lim
Community Member
1 year ago

yep, sometimes it makes me too bored. but, i still prefer the silence than a crowd to fill my boredness

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Carol Emory
Community Member
1 year ago

My SIL once said my husband was anti-social because he never came to holiday or birthday gatherings at her home. Usually these gatherings involved her whole family who we only interacted with at..you guessed it..holidays and birthday gatherings. And there were so many members to her side of the family, us going to the gatherings usually meant us sitting in a corner being ignored because we never had any non-controversial topics of conversation we could engage in. I finally told her.."why would he drive 116 miles to bored because he's ignored all day due to the huge crowd when he can stay at home and have fun watching movies and chatting online with friends he knows. It's too overwhelming." She finally started having smaller gatherings with just my brother's side of the family. After a while, we stopped going entirely because we realized that seeing them meant we had to travel all the time, they never came to see us. The effort to stay connected has to be equally shared.

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Bob Beltcher
Community Member
1 year ago

And do what? Sit there while no one talks to me and spend money? I rather watch TV at home for free.

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Hendra Lim
Community Member
1 year ago

did someone seriously ask that? that's insulting 😠

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#28

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm great at customer service jobs. Because that's work me. Home me can have great small talk, then hide at the second or any other ensuing social occasion. Idk y

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Francis
Community Member
1 year ago

that's why i love my best friend. she would never ever want to hang out two days in a row :D

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Bob Beltcher
Community Member
1 year ago

Odd thing, I'm actually a good public speaker. That's because I can plan what I'm going to say.

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