Does Social Media benefit anyone as much as the introvert?
I have always been an introvert. I have had mini-panic attacks at the prospect of being around too many people. If there is a way to avoid it, I will.
Don’t get me wrong, I really like people – almost as much as dogs even! But, I can probably count on one hand the people I’m completely at ease around. I’ve always been shy and shy leads to awkward. There is a plus side to all of this – awkward leads to funny stories, once I’m safe back at my computer.
The me on Social Media is outgoing, funny and open. It’s easier to share yourself from behind a computer. You get to control all aspects of your interactions. You consciously choose what you will say, as opposed to blurting out something stupid and having it sit in the middle of the room as people try to maneuver around it. And if you do blurt out something stupid – Delete. Gone… who me? I didn’t say that! Come on, who doesn’t wish they had a real life ‘Take Back’ button to delete some dumb thing you’ve said or done? But here, your whole life is displayed through the filter of your choice. Like all those pretty ‘selfies’ we post. Just a tiny hint of ‘soft focus’… ahhh, that’s better.
I wrote this awhile back:
And I have to say, it’s probably the truest thing I’ve ever written.
Two years ago I moved out of California to Colorado. Moved to a mountain retreat in a small, low populated town. Introvert Heaven! So most of my interactions with friends and family are on Facebook. My mother has made a comment a few times that really sums this all up. She says, “I’ve learned more about my daughter now that she’s far away, than when she was here.”
I find that a little sad, if truth be told, but it’s me. In person I’m kind of a walnut, in a metal box, in a safe. A lot of shit to get through for me to open up. But, at least I’m finally opening up, right?
This post was born because I’ve read a few blog posts lately where other writers have said basically the same thing, in regards to being introverts. I think these forums of social media and blogging has really given a lot of us introverts a voice. A place where we can be open and share ourselves with more ease.
I think that’s a good thing and I know I’m better for it. I like to listen, but it’s nice being heard, too.