I don’t know what is happening in our world today. I see in our society (re: millennial society), that introversion is trending at the speed of light. Sorry for the exaggeration, but it’s true. If you watch videos on YouTube or read an article about introversion, you will find a lot of people embracing introversion in the comment section.
Is it a problem?
Nope. Instead, I found it interesting how most introverts finally found a way to express their voices. In this article, I’m trying to break down the impact of technology for introverted people like myself.
Introversion In The Eye Of An Introvert
Introverts are people who predominantly concerned with their own thoughts rather than with external things. In other word, introverts are those people who have the ‘capability’ to spend a lot of time alone in their own house without feeling lonely. I am an introvert and sometimes my friends and families can’t understand why I need to be alone most of the time…
And otherwise, I couldn’t understand why they don’t need time to be alone.
It’s all about how we get our energy. Introverts charge their battery by spending time alone, and extroverts charge their battery by spending time with other people.
When I was a kid, my mom was so worried about me. She wondered why I rarely went out with my friends. She thought I was bullied at school. And she thought I had no friends. Well, she was wrong.
In fact, I was never bullied at school and I had so many friends. My grades were good, and my teachers treated me like I was a ‘special student’. But, despite all these facts, I didn’t enjoy my school life. I hated it and I felt like I don’t belong there. I knew at that time, my physical body was at school, but my thoughts stayed at home.
Yeah, I always waited for the time to get back into my bedroom.
Was I a shy person? Was I a quiet person?
Nope. I wasn’t at all. When someone asked me about something, I answered the question with full details. Without any sign of shyness. But I considered myself a quiet person. I realized this after one of my cousins tell me that our grandmother just asks him why I was so quiet. And my response was: “I don’t know. I just don’t have something to talk to”.
I felt so guilty that day…
What I was trying to say is, not every introvert are shy or quiet. In fact, some introverts don’t have any problem with socializing. But for me personally, I have a difficulty in expressing what I have in mind into spoken words. Maybe into written words as well. I need to stress one point: not every person are the same. Not every introvert are experiencing the same experiences. Some of you may be able to relate what I write in this post with yourself, and some of you may disagree with me. I write this from the perspective of an INFP.
What The Heck Is INFP?
INFP is one out of sixteen personalities based on Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). INFP stands for Introverted, iNtuitive, Feeling, and Perceiving. I took MBTI test once a year for the last three years and the results were all the same: INFP. They said the population of INFPs is only 4% worldwide, so we’re the-almost-extinct ones.
If you’re dying to know what your personality based on MBTI is, you take the test here: 16 Personalities.
Now, back to the topic~
As an INFP, or as an introvert in general, I can say I am pretty content with the situation of my life today. I saved so much money because I always found an excuse to skip the next party. I can spend more time with my cats and our odd behaviors. And I can finish a five seasons Netflix’s series in just two days. Thanks to my introversion!
Honestly, I still can’t understand why I’m feeling so proud of these kinds of achievements…
The Golden Age For Introverts
For introverts, the internet is like a heavenly gift from God. It helps us to show the world that we can do what extroverted people can do; from our bedroom. Make a living without having to be around so many people, which is a struggle for most introverts, is so possible these days.
The possibility to do anything from the computer or phone screen give introverts an opportunity to speak their voice. Technology offers introverts a chance to connect to the world on their own terms and conditions. It also offers introverts a mean of communication without a face-to-face interaction.
Technology empowers introverts to thrive in a crowded world which never stops talking.
If we take a look at a screenshot that I took above, we can see, as the time goes by, more and more people are searching for the term introvert way more than extrovert or ambivert. More people are interested in learning new things about introversion. This could also be a sign that more introverts are spending more time on the internet than extroverts, as introverts have no problem with spending 24/7 on their own.
As an introvert, I’m so grateful for the technology we have today. No more anxiety in a crowded mall when I need to buy new clothes. No more standing in a queue for 15 minutes when I want to eat something. The best thing the internet ever gave to me, is a loving and caring girlfriend that I met online several months ago. And for the first time in forever, I’m finally dating an introvert who understands my need to be alone.
Dime is the founder of The Braindo. An Indonesian and a passionate INFP. He was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder Type II and decided to create a better life out of it. His biggest dream is to help as many people as possible.