I grew up being a very shy child. It wasn't until Junior High School that I started coming out of my shell (so to speak). I have always been very extroverted in a number of situations, but since I've been spending more time researching and on the computer-- I am finding social situations a lot more awkward.
Part of this is due to the fact that a number of my friends are married, or partnered off. When you interact at parties, women can become jealous if you strike up conversations with their partners... which puts you in a very awkward position when you are not with a "date" for an event.
When I bring a date to social events, often this becomes awkward too-- because sometimes the date doesn't know all of the social circle and wants to leave quickly, or is not having a great time at the event.
It would probably be much better to be married in these situations, but then again... I know a lot of people who are married and feel uncomfortable bringing their spouse to social events. It all depends on your parter!
Sometimes its best to remain single. Sometimes not!