Is the internet for introverts?

eurobrat posted an interesting observation about electronic communication and how the experience of using it must differ for introverts and extroverts.  It’s interesting because I also consider myself an introvert, but I don’t really like electronic communication via email, instant messaging or even blog comments that much.  Mostly because I always worry when I’m not communicating face to face that what I say might be misinterpreted and accidentally cause offense.

In my experience, it seems like blogging is largely done by introverts and Facebook is used by extroverts. But eurobrat points out that even Facebook  must not be adequate for those who really like getting out and interacting with people.  I guess that’s true, now that I think about it. Probably all the people on Facebook are just using it as a stopgap measure between interactions with their friends.  It’s a complement, not a substitute.

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  1. Thank you for an interesting different perspective on this. I had assumed that the preference for communicating with the written word, such as Facebook comments, was more of an introverted quality. But now that I think about it, I have a few very introverted friends who don’t even hang out on Facebook very much, so what you’re saying makes sense. Perhaps I’m more extroverted than I thought.

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    1. I’ve thought about it some more, and I think part of it might also be that some introverts (including me) are leery of using Facebook because it’s a group-oriented thing, designed to encourage large groups of friends to gather. I think I prefer one-on-one interactions to large groups.

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      1. Ah, I see. I think I feel a lot more comfortable with group gatherings when they are electronic ones. After looking at my Facebook newsfeed again, though, I agree it makes a great medium for extroverts–there are tons of people posting their exciting party pictures on it 🙂

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    1. I should add: I do know people who are incredibly shy and quiet, almost to the point of being rude, in person, but who are incredibly friendly and fun to communicate with electronically. So, I’m sure eurobrat is right that for some, it’s the face to face interactions that they prefer to avoid.

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  2. I agree, only what I like about blogging over facebook is you can express yourself more fully. I have a facebook friend that writes like a blogger, but in that format I never take the time to read what he has to say. I see a large post and skip it. If it was on a blog I would most likely read it and comment.
    On blogs you don’t have to put up with people advertising on your wall like they do in Facebook. I started using facebook so I could advertise my books not to share what I’m thinking.

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