Interesting Dragon - I like A2K because I am an Introvert! (more on that later)
Cliff - I definitely feel your pain. My capacity for hands on, face to face social interactions is definitley limited. Whenever I have to be in a large social situation, I feel like I need the weekend to recuperate, it's so draining.
I know every extravert out there is scrathing their heads and saying "huh?"
and the introverts are saying "Oh my God, yes!"
But really, it's just mentally and sometimes physically exhausting for an introvert to have to
Even tho introverts are 25% to 40% of the population, it seems like we are only about 2%.
That's because the extroverts are out there 98% of the time, and we're just trying to keep out of their way.
Introverts seem to better understand extroverts than vice-versa. Sometimes it's fun being around them, for a limited time.
I'm really not convinced an extrovert can ever really understand the joy getting involved in something when you're alone can bring. Or being with maybe one or two people at a time.
Maybe that's why crowds are so tiring - when I'm with two people I can talk to both and enjoy it. In a crowd, you can't talk to or connect with everyone, and I feel overwhelmed because it would take forever to get to everyone, and there's so many distractions
Lonely? Naw, It's nice.
I can remember the last time I felt like I wanted to go out of my way to interact with someone because I felt socially starved.
Hey extraverts - here's a couple of clues - when talking to a stranger and telling them whatever's going on - fidgeting, glancing away at something they were doing before you started talking, and answers that seem to limit the conversation from going further like "oh", "all right then" "I suppose" etc are clear signs on an introvert.
INTROVERTS OF THE WORLD UNITE! - Except we would be really uncomfortable all gathered together