One moment you are ready to party, and before you know it your social skills are wearing thin. Why did I agree to attend this event? I had a date with that leftover Chinese food in the fridge. All of this could have been avoided.
Things could be a-okay, and then you experience the creeping yet persistent realization that you've had enough. It could happen in two hours, it could happen in ten minutes. Alone time never looked so appealing when you can't think of a good excuse to leave.
Although an empty home screams "house party" to some, introverts just want to revel in the silence. Take a nap, binge on your favorite show, or ignore all of your texts. The options are literally limitless.
It doesn't matter if it's the neighbor or the person who needs to fill the empty silence on the elevator — that's what awkward elevator music is for — small talk is usually painful. Overpopulation is real, and it's terrifying.
Name one good reason to communicate by phone? It's pretty much equal to introvert agony. Texting was invented for a reason — we all should embrace the advancement in technology and avoid exchanging actual words by any means possible.
Finding a pet to befriend at a party is like the Holy Grail. Scrolling through Instagram wishing you were asleep two hours ago is also a useful social event tactic. Utilizing your best Irish goodbye? Priceless.
9. Sometimes Your Distaste For Socialization Shows
Being surrounded by loud, drunk hooligans isn't your textbook definition of a great time. Having to take obnoxious pictures to document the evening sends any well-meaning introvert into a spiral of regret. Ignorance is truly bliss in this case.
Always travel in packs. If you lose your group you will be subject to standing there awkwardly or be forced to speak to strangers. Both options are the equivalent of introvert hell — you have been warned.
Alcohol only strengthens an introvert's love for animals. Why hang out with human beings when there is a bond to be made between you and the pets of the house? Showering the nearest cat with cuddles and compliments is essential.
Hearing "now everyone choose a partner" when you haven't said two words since the semester started is enough to send you into cardiac arrest. The moment of looking around when you already know none of your friends are in the class with you is painful. Force me to work with another human being? HOW DARE YOU SEND ME OUTSIDE MY COMFORT ZONE.
13. Can't Run From Meaningless Conversation Forever
Introverts aren't heartless — we are just as polite as the most extroverted individual. We just aren't wonderful at giving conversation cues, including when we aren't interested. Which is most likely — always — the case.
Introverts may not want to party like it's 1999, but we aren't afraid to come out and grace people with our presence once in awhile. Just don't expect us to enjoy it — here's to staying in, enjoying our own company, and being in bed by 9pm.