It's tough to live in an increasingly connected world when you need alone time to recharge.
You genuinely want to keep up with loved ones, but reaching out takes time and energy.
What did introverts do before texting and email?
Having to work in forced interactive groups. Team-building exercises are your personal hell.
Silence does not have to be filled all the time. Sometimes, you can have a natural lull in the conversation and it's ok.
You brought the book specifically so no one would try to talk to you...
It's small talk, but with your friends, not strangers. Turns out small talk is still extremely difficult even when, say, running into a good friend while at the grocery store.
Just because you're quiet doesn't mean there's something wrong.
Because changing your natural personality is really that simple.
You need reassurance too, but compliments and praise mean an uncomfortable amount of attention.
Just because you're soft spoken doesn't mean you have nothing to say.
Introversion is not a problem to be solved.
You need to emotionally prepare for social interaction. Changing things up last minute interferes.
A small gathering of people you love talking to has just been turned into an "upcoming event" on Facebook.
You're not aloof, and your are not judging -- most likely you are just scanning for the exit.
You need your quiet time, and sirens, slamming doors, and loud music disrupt that.
Most of the time, you don't want to chat with a coworker on your lunch break.