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When do you tend to feel the most energized: after a party with lots of friends and strangers, or after a day of solitude and quiet reflection?
Online dating has been a huge help for introverts, she adds, "because often we can skip the small talk and start those conversations at a more real level.
"It's a misnomer that all introverts globally are stressed by social situations," Helgoe says."But I would say that it's not usually 'the more the merrier' for us—it's usually 'the more, the more stressful.'" (The good news?If you do have social anxiety, research shows that people probably like you more than you think.)Introverts may be more immune to different kinds of social stressspecifically, the pressure to make an appearance at every event they're invited to, or the "fear of missing out" (also known as FOMO).After all, I would have never met my closest friends, who have been my support and who I love the most, if I didn’t go out of my comfort zone in the first place.Of course, I’ve had conversations which hadn’t ended so well and hadn’t lead to a close relationship.