This is the ongoing survey question over at The Mighty Introvert authored by Mark Dykeman.
At the time I saw the survey, 57 out of 67 people had already answered that they were Introverts! That is 85% – a huge majority. I am assuming that most of the people visiting Mark’s blog and answering this question might also be bloggers.
I used to think the term Introvert was more applicable to the offline, face-to-face interactions but recently, I’ve found myself struggling to participate in discussions on twitter and another network I am a member of. I felt the same feeling that you get when you first start blogging with no readers. Except, on twitter you already have people ‘following’ you. That I think contributes to an already shy person’s nervousness even more. Its almost like you are on a stage and people are watching you and waiting to hear the words coming out of your mouth. Like stage fright you know?
But I am trying to participate and learn the network. You could very well say I don’t need to try to get comfortable with the network if its making me feel this way, well, that’s the point.
Whereas I might consider myself an introvert at time, I am also very outgoing. I am shy at times and find it hard to participate, but I have a drive to learn and be better. So I keep trying. I think no one can be a 100 percent introvert.
So here are my questions.
What scenarios make you behave as an introvert? and why?
Are you an extrovert all the time? What advice would you give to those who are not extroverts?