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2013-08-27 02:12:11 PM  
Introverts, rejoice! The Internet thinks your glorious idiosyncrasies and private vexations are adorable and that you are worthy of complex care and feeding. Yes, it's great to be an introvert in 2013!

You mean I'm not alone?

That sucks.
 
2013-08-27 02:23:46 PM  
I've been an introvert since I was in the freakin' cradle. Seriously, mom says I used to rarely cry and just sat there watching the world go by. Not much has changed, except I don't wear diapers anymore.

/at least not for another 30 years or so
 
2013-08-27 02:50:05 PM  
www.shiftjournal.com
 
2013-08-27 03:25:51 PM  
Shut up, Slate.  Nobody cares what you think.
 
2013-08-27 03:42:44 PM  
We talking about those weird little dudes again?
 
2013-08-27 03:46:19 PM  

Lucky LaRue: Shut up, Slate.  Nobody cares what you think.


That's basically what I came here to say. I got a few paragraphs in and couldn't come up with any reason to continue the pain.
 
2013-08-27 03:49:41 PM  
No, being an introvert is not cool.

/Introvert
//Hate being an introvert
 
2013-08-27 03:50:21 PM  
Wait, I thought being introverted was recently included in the autism spectrum.
 
2013-08-27 03:51:02 PM  
Of course the internet loves introverts. It was created by and for us.
 
2013-08-27 03:52:14 PM  

JesseL: Lucky LaRue: Shut up, Slate.  Nobody cares what you think.

That's basically what I came here to say. I got a few paragraphs in and couldn't come up with any reason to continue the pain.


Slate and crowds have two things in common : they both irritate and nauseate me.
 
2013-08-27 03:55:08 PM  
*glances up briefly, then goes back to reading*
 
2013-08-27 03:55:48 PM  

InfrasonicTom: Wait, I thought being introverted was recently included in the autism spectrum.


Everybody is on the autistic spectrum now. It's how they claim the need for grant money.
 
2013-08-27 03:56:05 PM  
I'm probably about 75% introverted, although by all accounts I'm a super-friendly drunk.
 
2013-08-27 03:57:40 PM  
I want to kick extroverts in the face.
 
2013-08-27 03:58:38 PM  
Didn't we have this thread a few weeks ago? We all bonded, shared our personal frutrations and angst, told that one guy who didn't get it to shut up?

Yes?

Oh, ok carry on then.
 
2013-08-27 03:58:44 PM  
Slate pretends to know what they are talking about yet again. Typical mixed message in the article that appeals to nearly everyone trying to be in the know, stay on the bleeding edge of the latest trends. Not a shred of factual evidence or logical thread to follow...

Is Slate female?
 
2013-08-27 03:59:57 PM  

stevetherobot: No, being an introvert is not cool.

/Introvert
//Hate being an introvert


Sorry you think so. I hope you can work with it to be happy.
 
2013-08-27 04:03:48 PM  

special20: Slate pretends to know what they are talking about yet again. Typical mixed message in the article that appeals to nearly everyone trying to be in the know, stay on the bleeding edge of the latest trends. Not a shred of factual evidence or logical thread to follow...

Is Slate female?


No, Slate is just an overeducated upper middle class white American from the Northeast who was sheltered from the actual world but thinks they know better and more than everyone and no matter how stylish or trendy they want to be, they still only feel at home wearing clothing from the LL Bean catalogue.
 
2013-08-27 04:04:01 PM  
For years I was a really bad introvert. Really wouldn't talk to anyone but in college I came out of my shell a little bit. I'm a lot better now, but now and then I will slip back into my shell.
 
2013-08-27 04:11:31 PM  
I was terribly introverted until I discovered crystal meth.
 
2013-08-27 04:14:04 PM  
Why is everyone so desperate to label themselves as being "something"?
 
2013-08-27 04:15:25 PM  

groppet: For years I was a really bad introvert. Really wouldn't talk to anyone but in college I came out of my shell a little bit. I'm a lot better now, but now and then I will slip back into my shell.



Sounds a lot like my own story -- around the same age I was probably full-blown avoidant. Certain social situations, like being in a large room with more than like 5 people, made me feel claustrophobic, I couldn't stand it. Goes without saying I never talked to strangers.

That's all gone away. And nowadays I'll always talk to strangers if I think I might make them laugh, and I usually succeed. I think. And I think I probably come across as being comfortable in my own skin.

Thing is most of the time I *like* being alone.
 
2013-08-27 04:19:41 PM  
Being an introvert is never cool, but having the thoughtfulness and consideration that often comes with being very introverted very much is. It depends on the day as to if I'd say the trade offs are worth it, but given the full-derp alternative of being a loudmouth, impulsive extrovert I'll be happy staying who I am.
 
2013-08-27 04:21:03 PM  
I was on the internet before it was cool.

/it was called "the usenet"
//get off my lawn
 
2013-08-27 04:21:26 PM  
*clears throat and adjusts top hat*

Well, I'd introvert her.

/and we're done.
 
2013-08-27 04:22:08 PM  

baconbeard: Why is everyone so desperate to label themselves as being "something"?


Human nature.  No one wants to feel alone and ostracized.  Ostracization can make you do some funny things to be accepted....

By gaining a label, you have a group you can identify with, and you don't feel as lonely.
 
2013-08-27 04:38:46 PM  
Can you please keep it down?
 
2013-08-27 04:40:58 PM  
FTFA: "...you prefer the window or aisle seat on buses."

I've never been on a bus that has anything other than window or aisle seats (except that long seat that stretches across the entire back wall).
 
2013-08-27 04:42:32 PM  
In before all the extraverts who pop in to angrily say that introversion is just anxiety.

/kind of funny to see extraverts being defensive, that's definitely a last-couple-years new thing
 
2013-08-27 04:46:08 PM  

aerojockey: In before all the extraverts who pop in to angrily say that introversion is just anxiety.

/kind of funny to see extraverts being defensive, that's definitely a last-couple-years new thing


You have to tell them it's not anxiety, it's just a dislike of loud moronic idiots.

Then they really get mad.
 
2013-08-27 04:47:04 PM  
my wife is an introvert bordering on hermit like.

/love her.
 
2013-08-27 04:48:10 PM  

FunkOut: aerojockey: In before all the extraverts who pop in to angrily say that introversion is just anxiety.

/kind of funny to see extraverts being defensive, that's definitely a last-couple-years new thing

You have to tell them it's not anxiety, it's just a dislike of loud moronic idiots.

Then they really get mad.


And they still feel owed some social interaction.
 
2013-08-27 04:50:19 PM  
Interactions with extroverts exhaust me.  Doesn't mean I hate extroverts.
 
2013-08-27 04:53:09 PM  
Introvert or covert narcissist?


It seems that going on and on about being a sensitive introvert tends actually makes one a self loathing asshole.
 
2013-08-27 04:55:14 PM  

Super Chronic: I'm probably about 75% introverted, although by all accounts I'm a super-friendly drunk.


They should add: Introverts don't like to be pigeonholed into a social category based on a handy-dandy checklist.
 
2013-08-27 04:56:15 PM  

lostcat: FTFA: "...you prefer the window or aisle seat on buses."

I've never been on a bus that has anything other than window or aisle seats (except that long seat that stretches across the entire back wall).


It's almost like all this bullshiat started from a pandering book that told people what they wanted to hear - that they were super-special snowflakes that needed to be treated better and to their every whim. That'd never sell, right?
 
2013-08-27 04:56:53 PM  

groppet: For years I was a really bad introvert. Really wouldn't talk to anyone but in college I came out of my shell a little bit. I'm a lot better now, but now and then I will slip back into my shell.



That sounds more like shyness/anxiety (did you feel uncomfortable around others?).   Introversion has more to do with people that prefer to be/work alone or in small groups, but have no major issues interacting with others.

One way to look at it is this... would you prefer to work in your own office, or in a large communal room.

Most shy people are introverts, but most introverts are not shy.
 
2013-08-27 04:57:09 PM  

stevetherobot: No, being an introvert is not cool.

/Introvert
//Hate being an introvert




Most introverts just appear that way.
 
2013-08-27 05:00:45 PM  

aerojockey: In before all the extraverts who pop in to angrily say that introversion is just anxiety.

/kind of funny to see extraverts being defensive, that's definitely a last-couple-years new thing


I think it's just more visible with the all the social networking options now.

I definitely remember all sorts of people getting defensive back in the 90's when I was in junior high and high school and that introversion was just "low self-esteem" when I didn't want to go out for sports and just read during lunch instead of play basketball.

Fark those people.  I love me now, back then they only convinced me there was something "wrong" with me and made me really farking depressed.
 
2013-08-27 05:01:09 PM  
Another thread where "introverts" come to volunteer intimate details and descriptions of themselves to millions of random strangers, and how it makes them more cool than everyone else?
 
2013-08-27 05:01:13 PM  
My introversion has slowly morphed into misanthropy over the years.
 
2013-08-27 05:02:47 PM  

ThrobblefootSpectre: Another thread where "introverts" come to volunteer intimate details and descriptions of themselves to millions of random strangers, and how it makes them more cool than everyone else?


I'm more introverted than any motherfarker here.  I'll be streaming my webcam for 8 hours tonight so you all can see how introverted I am.  I'll tweet the link to all my followers when I get the feed up.
 
2013-08-27 05:04:12 PM  

stevetherobot: No, being an introvert is not cool.

/Introvert
//Hate being an introvert


Why?

I'm an introvert and I wouldn't have it otherwise. The only downside to being an introvert are the extroverts who think not being all jumpy with joy all the time is the same as having a "negative attitude."

/supposedly an extrovert as a kid
//school changed that
 
2013-08-27 05:05:20 PM  

LoneCraneFullMoon: My introversion has slowly morphed into misanthropy over the years.

 
2013-08-27 05:05:23 PM  

TheDirtyNacho: groppet: For years I was a really bad introvert. Really wouldn't talk to anyone but in college I came out of my shell a little bit. I'm a lot better now, but now and then I will slip back into my shell.


That sounds more like shyness/anxiety (did you feel uncomfortable around others?).   Introversion has more to do with people that prefer to be/work alone or in small groups, but have no major issues interacting with others.

One way to look at it is this... would you prefer to work in your own office, or in a large communal room.

Most shy people are introverts, but most introverts are not shy.


Shyness and anxiety aren't the same thing, but both seem to get lumped in with the pop psychology definition of introvert. I blame the kind of people who write articles for sites like Slate.
 
2013-08-27 05:09:22 PM  

Keeve: Super Chronic: I'm probably about 75% introverted, although by all accounts I'm a super-friendly drunk.

They should add: Introverts don't like to be pigeonholed into a social category based on a handy-dandy checklist.


They probably also make sure they're responding to the right post, presumably.  When did I say anything about a checklist?
 
2013-08-27 05:10:12 PM  

meat0918: By gaining a label, you have a group you can identify with, and you don't feel as lonely.


You don't feel as lonely my ass. Not all labels are good labels, meat.
 
2013-08-27 05:16:35 PM  

meat0918: baconbeard: Why is everyone so desperate to label themselves as being "something"?

Human nature.  No one wants to feel alone and ostracized.  Ostracization can make you do some funny things to be accepted....

By gaining a label, you have a group you can identify with, and you don't feel as lonely.


If we didn't label anything, nobody would be able to identify anything.

Humans need to label things because most are not telepathic.
 
2013-08-27 05:16:50 PM  

Super Chronic: Keeve: Super Chronic: I'm probably about 75% introverted, although by all accounts I'm a super-friendly drunk.

They should add: Introverts don't like to be pigeonholed into a social category based on a handy-dandy checklist.

They probably also make sure they're responding to the right post, presumably.  When did I say anything about a checklist?


Sorry, I thought I was referring to the article. Turns out I was referring to the link within the article: "23 Signs You're Secretly an Introvert," out of which I also hit about 75% of their criteria.
 
2013-08-27 05:18:16 PM  
Is this going to be like when geeks became trendy and the fashionable people started wearing glasses and saying they were geeks?  Do we have any external indicators than can be made marketable?
 
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