Recently, I came across this cool term called “netrovert” in the urban dictionary and I instantly jumped at it. And why not, it describes me to a tee! I never knew (or expected) a word to appositely describe my personality disposition (trait, condition, disorder, or whatever…), but nevertheless, was glad to realize that I may not be the only one 🙂

For the uninitiated, “netrovert” is a new term coined to describe people who are “extroverts online, introverts otherwise”. This phrase says it all. It describes a bunch of people who may come across as timid or reticent in real life, but are gregarious or hypersocial online!

(Read more – Netroversion explained)

 

Netrovert personality
Internet mask

 

I can write a lot about netroversion, but I’m not sure how much I can help you relate to it. If you are an introvert who’s active on social media, or if you know someone who is, probably you will. You wouldn’t find much literature about it on the internet either, so I’d like to present a firsthand view of netroversion (hope it doesn’t bore :P)

When I analyze my behaviour, I come to realize that I’m extremely open, social and unguarded in online communications. I blog about almost everything that catches my fancy, venture into new circles or communities, interact with friends and followers (some of them who are complete strangers). But in real life, I find it hard to socialize outside my circle of trusted friends and family. I take time to warm up to new people. I’d think a hundred times before befriending a stranger, but yet I have no such reservations online. Strange?

So what is it about the online outlets that help the introverts seamlessly express their thoughts or interact with people without any inhibitions or anxiety? How do the online channels help transform an introvert from an awkward turtle in real life into a social butterfly online? Is it the garb of anonymity? What is it exactly?

Before I answer this, I’d like to whisk away some of the most common myths or prejudices against the introverts.Introverts are not anti-social or shy. They love socializing too, albeit, their idea of socializing is different. They may prefer meaningful conversations to mindless chatter. And it’s not that introverts have nothing to say. In fact, I believe, most introverts are deep thinkers, brimming with great ideas. But they usually don’t think loudly and tend to be more reflective and cautious before speaking up.

These requirements of the introverts are precisely what the Internet fulfills, offering them an ideal outlet to express themelves. It gives them a chance to connect from behind a screen, in measured doses. The nature of online interaction offers them more time to think and review what they say before it goes live, which is a common preference for most introverts. Once there’s time to think, an introverts’ social skills can shine. In a setting ideal to them, they can probably be more forthcoming and proactive than even the real extrovert!

Social media, kind of, blurs the lines between introverts and extroverts — or perhaps it’s redefining how people are perceived and categorized as being one of these personality types or the other. Introverts are no more or less friendly, social or talented than their extrovert counterparts. Only their way of expression differs. And their social media success bears ample testimony to this 🙂

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