Let’s be real, the internet has plenty to say about introverts. But sometimes you might wonder, is there any real science behind this?
Turns out that there is actually tons of scientific research showing that introverts and extroverts are just wired differently! So next time your friends try to drag you out to the club, you have some solid, scientific reasons to stay home with tea and Netflix:
1. You process faster.
Maybe you actually like going to parties—for the first half hour. After that you just can’t. But even if you’re a champion of the Irish Exit, it doesn’t mean you’re not outgoing.
You’re just processing things faster, so 30 minutes of party for you is like, three hours of party for an extravert—that’s quite enough party, thanks. You’re taking things in much faster, so it’s only natural you’re over it sooner and ready for bed.
2. It takes less to make you happy.
Lucky you and your low happy-threshold. You’re more sensitive to happiness hormones, so it takes less to satisfy you. An extravert might need vodka and some serious dancing to achieve the same high that you can get with a glass of wine and a good book.
3. You’re safer.
Yeah… you’re not so much about showing off with stupid stunts. You probably don’t feel the need to prove that you can still skateboard after five shots, so you’re more likely to stay out of the hospital.
You’re even less likely to get sick—less hand-shaking means fewer germs, so you’re in tip top shape for journaling and baking.
4. You like to learn.
No wonder you spend so much time on Wikipedia. Studies show that introverts are more focused on learning, motor skills and vigilance—basically, you can hunker down and focus on something without needing stimulation from the world outside. Remember to emerge for food and water periodically.
5. You’re probably an over-thinker.
What does that text mean? Wait, why did he like that facebook photo? And what are you supposed to text back?
You’re not going crazy, you’re just over-thinking. As Introverts, we literally keep stimuli in our brains for longer, so it’s no wonder we end up obsessing over vague texts and symptoms on Web MD.
6. You prefer to rest and digest.
It’s no secret that we need to rest and recharge in between social interactions, but we’re actually using a different part of our nervous system when we spend the night in.
If you feel like you need more de-stressing than other people, you’re probably right: you spend more time in digest-and-recuperate mode, so it’s not your fault that you need your alone time.
7. You like faces… but you also like flowers.
What? Turns out that introvert brains respond to human faces… but we respond just as much to seeing a pretty flower, while extraverts could care less about the flower next to an actual real person.
But whatever, we’re just as happy hanging with our friends or kicking it with some super chill plant life. Flowers never ask to borrow your car.
8. You were born this way.
No one is a pure extravert or a pure introvert—we all fall somewhere on the spectrum. But still, if you tend to hang back from the crowd and your cat is your best confidant, there’s nothing wrong with you. Studies suggest that some people are just born with more introverted brains. You’re not anti-social, you’re just scientifically set to send your energy inward.