What is Social Distancing to an Introvert?
The Reality We Face, The Response We Make
To paraphrase a certain fictional character played by the late and great actor Sr. Raul Julia:
"For [the extroverted among us], the day that [Social Distancing was put into effect] was the greatest [disruption] of [their lives]. But for [the introverted], it was Tuesday."
This is not to discourage our fellow human beings that revel in social interaction; rather this is now insight as to the life and livelihood of introverted individuals. But what is "Social Distancing" to the Introvert? Why is it so natural to them? We must therefore look into the mindset of introverts and how they live in society, along with where they seek a balance in their lives.
Hubber's Note: I'm an introvert.
Cavaets and Clarifications
Before we begin this introspection there are a few cavaets that must be addressed.
- This is an article discussing the nuance of Social Distancing from an introvert's perspective. That's only one half of the picture and the reader must remind themselves of such.
- This is to be taken with a grain of salt; follow the instructions of your local, state, and federal governments within reason.
- The goal is to allow extroverts a better understanding of how introverts respond using social distancing.
With the cavaets out of the way, let us begin with some clarifications:
- Introverts also interact with society as a whole; no introvert is an island to themself despite giving the impression.
- Times like these affect us all; work together with the understanding that we each have our own way of handling situations.
- Be kind. This is just an article written by a person. Thank you.
What is Social Distancing?
According to leading experts, "Social Distancing" is the act of minimizing interactions with large groups of individuals in local community areas, such as restaurants, libraries, public events held in the community, and the like. The purpose of this exercise is currently to curb the potential further spread of the outbreak of a new strain of virus known as the novel coronavirus "COVID-19" that has, as of this article, created a worldwide pandemic.
Keep in mind, even should this situation never exist, Social Distancing still serves as a means to cut down societal stress and pressures that could become powderkegs. This means keeping a distance from each other gives us a sense of personal space, which will benefit in the long run in regards to those not comfortable with a large number of people.
This also serves as a manner of slowing down; a crucial benefit in the "Now Generation" where instant gratification can follow instant disappointment should they not get what they want at that moment. In larger crowds, that can be a problem for introverts as they are confused about being weak-willed.
So how does this concern an introvert? Here's some things to keep in mind.
An Introverted World
Introverts have always kept a distance from others, and each has their own reasons to do so. But one this is certain; introverts are interacting from a distance, therefore social distancing is not beyond the possibility of implementation. Here's why:
- Introverts show a better perspective from a distance. This means they are given a better view of situations while from afar. Many easily confuse this of being judgmental; sometimes a judgment call has to be made before engaging.
- Introverts have methods to stay in touch from a distance. Some of them are already in places such as Facebook, YouTube, or even this article from HubPages.
- Introverts also entertain themselves with streaming services and also videogames.
- Above all, introverts do appreciate interaction with others, but you can rest assured that they can feel comfortable to be distant for the time being, along with supporting how they can.
It is imperative to take these revelations into account when understanding the purpose of Social Distancing. What is also imperative is a simple fact that enabling this process not only slows any potential pathogen but also slows the necessity to be in the rush to get through the now. To appreciate what you have, and to take the time and effort to continue practicing good and healthy habits. To appreciate all that is around you.
Even extroverts know the importance of the moment, now they have a different method of enjoying that moment; to be fair, this will not be easy for them, but they are more than able to rise to the challenge.
What Lies Ahead. . .
The future is always a mystery, so there will always be an unknown. But hopefully, the concept of Social Distancing won't be so intimidating. If anything, Introverts still do it, so it's normal throughout their lives. For those with extroverted tendencies, you will get through this, and perhaps there will be found a new appreciation for your introverted colleagues.
Above all, this moment in our lives will be about staving off a potential threat to all human life, and also a chance to reconnect to those in our immediate lives. Be safe, be mindful, be at ease, for this too shall pass. Now if you'll excuse me, dear Reader, I have some ideas for more articles to write...shortly after I enjoy a little cheesy movie about fighting game characters starring the legend himself, the late and great Señor Raul Julia.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Michael Rivers