I’m really getting tired of it. And it really needs to stop.
Too often online, I see things like “I hate people” or “I’m anti-social” or “I’m hiding in my room so I don’t have to talk to my roommate/brother/friend, etc.”
It. drives. me. crazy.
Because it does something horrible: it reinforces negative stereotypes about introverts. And – worse – we are doing it to ourselves.
I started this blog because I wanted to increase positive views of introverts and decrease negative views. It breaks my heart to see people constantly judging themselves by extrovert standards and coming up short. Just because you’re different doesn’t mean you’re defective. And if you don’t advocate for yourself, who will?
I get that it’s social media and it’s where people go to vent and complain. But I usually see some variation of “I hate people” at least once a day. And there are millions of people on Twitter. So that negative message is getting out there.
So here’s my introvert social media pledge:
- I will only say positive things about being an introvert.
- I won’t feed into negative stereotypes about introverts.
- I will support my introvert connections on social media.
- I will respond positively to tweets/updates about listening, observing, connecting, etc. (any positive introvert trait).
- I will gently correct my extrovert friends when they make inaccurate assumptions about me or introversion in general.
The only way we can eliminate the shy/loner/anti-social label is to actively fight against it.
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