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Does Your Introversion/Extroversion Significantly Manifest in Your Online Interactions?

Discussion in 'The Social World' started by Debater Slayer, Feb 26, 2021.

  1. Debater Slayer

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    My thread about personality types has brought this question to mind after seeing the various results there: do you find that your introversion or extroversion manifests online in any significant way?

    For example, if you're very introverted in person, do you also hesitate to initiate online conversations with people or send them a message to get to know them for the first time? Or if you're extroverted, do you find yourself often feeling inclined to start online conversations and chat with people?

    Basically, I'm interested to know how much these two personality traits manifest in online-only interactions, if at all. I know that as an extrovert, I often initiate online conversations and love talking to people whether online or in person, so it does manifest for me both online and offline.
     
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  2. Rival

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    I don't think so. I'm introverted but not sure you could guess that from RF.
     
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  3. Secret Chief

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    My introversion is probably not unconnected with my time spent on tinterweb. Offline interactions wear me out. Online, I'm in control of how much, or if, I interact.
     
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  4. Mestemia

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    I am mostly the same IRL as I am online.
    Exceptions being forum rules that do not allow me to voice my full opinions, thoughts, etc.
    I am much more blunt and to the point offline.
    But I have to admit that the forum rules have helped improve my politically correct "don't hurt their feelings" skills.
     
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    For years, I thought I was an introvert. I'm a fairly quiet person, and that's kind of what an introvert gets pegged as. The person not saying much, sitting a bit aside from everyone else.

    But when I'd read about needing to be away from others, and 'recharging', this didn't make sense. Honestly, I feel kind of 'dead' alone, and I feel that most of my 'recharging' comes from being around other people. I had to consider that maybe I was more of an extrovert... just a less noisy one.

    In person, I like to question, and I like to listen. I hesitate a little to start conversations with strangers, but not as much as when I was young(I struggled with severe social anxiety). Generally, I try to speak in a way that is not offensive, and I find that while I get along with most people, I unnerve new people a little. People don't get too rough with me until they can figure me out(a huge advantage).

    Online, its a little different. People get mean online. On an online platform, some of that childish social anxiety returns. I think twice before I speak. In person, people are not likely to verbally assault me(you never know who will haul off and hit you), but online, people say things they would never say in person. And I remember that...
     
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  6. Unveiled Artist

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    I'm actually an extrovert online, weirdly enough. In person, it's hard to control my nonverbal behavior so I'm always more self-conscious.
     
  7. RayofLight

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    I am more of an Omnivert...I dont know if it shows tho.
     
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    Yes and no.

    A teaching workshop I attended some time ago talked about how classroom dynamics are impacted by introversion extroversion. With real time, face-to-face interactions, introverted students tend to get drowned out by extroverted students for in-class discussions because introverts prefer to have some space for thought and contemplation before speaking. We were given a few different tools to help combat this and help introvert voices be heard more in the classroom. One of those tools was presenting a discussion prompt and then letting students know we were going to spend five minutes jotting down a few thoughts before starting the discussion. As a teacher you don't actually give it exactly five minutes - you read the room and watch for when everybody looks to be ready to move on. Then you invite participation. The introverts have had their think time, and are then often more responsive without the instructor needing to call them out and put them on the spot.

    A similar dynamic relates to online discussion spaces. In many cases, online discussion spaces are perfect for introverts because that pressure to respond immediately is simply not there. The space inherently allows for thinking time and composing oneself. That's a great environment for introverts and it allows them to present themselves more authentically than they often can in face-to-face interactions.
    I suppose that may just be my own experience of it, true; on the whole how I present myself in writing (online) feels much more authentic (though I do a lot of editing). But it isn't that I
    deliberately try to present myself differently in those two spaces, if that makes sense? It's more that online spaces are a lot more comfortable and allows for far greater self-expression and monologuing.

    Imagine for a moment me monologuing everything I just wrote and someone actually sitting there patiently and listening. Then also keep in mind I've edited stuff multiple times for brevity and clarity.

    Yup. :sweat:


    Writing is my friend.
     
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  9. Rival

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    You clearly have not been on Twitter.

    :grin:
     
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    I don't think being introverted means you hesitate to initiate conversation as much as your as less likely to.

    Extroverts need more external stimulation. Introverts get plenty of stimulation by focusing on what is going on inside. So I'm not hesitant to start a conversation, I'm just not usually actively looking for one.
     
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  11. Brickjectivity

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    I'm unsure whether I fit introversion but probably.

    One time my job made all the workers fill out surveys to gauge our personalities. This was a Bell company, and they pulled various psychological tricks on employees frequently, so this was just another thing. We were guinea pigs for management experiments perhaps. Anyways I didn't have a great personality, so I didn't want everyone to know what mine was, but whatever my result it was going to be displayed on my desk permanently. Everyone would see it. This invasive survey irked me so much that I filled out my survey with the better-than-me traits that I intended to have in the near future, so I got INTFS which was a very respectable personality type. I had perhaps exaggerated what kinds of traits I could attain unto. From this survey I received a cardboard plaque with the large letters INTFS so set upon my desktop, but on my forehead was written 'Liar'.
     
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    It doesn't really effect the way I interact with folks on here.

    I can socially interact just fine with folks as an introvert. It's a tiring thing for me to do, though, and it isn't really that enjoyable (in a public setting). It has more to do with preference rather than an aversion or anxiety thing in my case.
     
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    Some of my traits fluctuate over time and on different tests but introversion is a constant. Does that show in my posts? (I don't think so.)
     
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    Anonymity aids boldness.
     
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  15. aketo

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    Yes I'm an introvert and I hesitate to start conversations, post or reply all the time.
    Ironically I felt inclined to share this lol.
    I take it back after typing it out I feel like I'm trying too hard :grimacing:
    It's much more visible offline, I don't engage too much unless it really interests me.
     
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  16. Hockeycowboy

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    You did good!
    Hang around me, I’ll getcha outa yer shell! Lol.

    Naw...just playin’.

    Take care, my cousin.
     
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  17. Israel Khan

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    So yeah, my introversion is reflected on the site. I won't take the initiative to make contact with people unless I want to argue with them. I also tend to start threads and stop responding to them within a day because I don't have the motivation to interact further with people and I get bored of the conversation.
     
  18. SalixIncendium

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    I'm not sure if I would consider myself an introvert, and if I am, there is likely little evidence of that here.

    But those who encounter me IRL might consider me an introvert because I'm more the quiet observer who loves solitude. While I have no problem talking it up to a complete stranger and am the farthest thing from shy or bashful (I could have my daughter attest to that :D), I tend to be more of a listener and tend not speak unless unless spoken to or unless I have something of use to contribute.
     
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