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Introverts Love Facebook and Extroverts Hate It. Here’s Why.

Ryan Dube 20-03-2015

Do you love Facebook? Do you enjoy getting a glimpse into the daily lives of your family and friends? If you do, there’s an excellent chance that you’re an introvert. If you hate Facebook, you could be an extrovert.


Everything about Facebook serves the emotional and psychological needs of introverts. It gives them a place to socialize and chat with people they like, without having to deal with the elements of in-person dialogues that make them uncomfortable. It allows them to say their piece, without being interrupted, scowled at, or patronized.

Extroverts, on the other hand, often despise everything about Facebook. The facial cues, the back-and-forth banter and the physical contact are all missing. In fact, it’s often the extrovert who expounds upon the tragedy that social networks and smartphones are causing to society and interpersonal relationships 4 TED Talks To Revolutionize Your Social Relationships The best TED Talks are the ones that plant seeds in your heart, which later grow into life-altering changes. These videos provide insights into social psychology and give you some food for thought. Read More .

It’s time to take a stand for all of you introverts who love Facebook as much as I do.

Introverts Don’t Look Up

Do you remember that viral video that spread throughout Facebook (ironically) like wildfire?



It expounded upon how our obsession with using smartphones Why This Technology Blogger Does Not Own a Smartphone [Opinion] "Do you have a smartphone yet?" It's a question my friends ask often, and it's a reasonable one to ask. I make my entire living writing about technology, explaining how to use software and interviewing... Read More to check email, social network status updates and other ways of remotely connecting with family and friends over the Internet is somehow destroying the fabric of society and interpersonal interactions.

It had millions of views, and oddly it’s now offline. However, the reaction I personally had to this video was expressed perfectly by a response video created by Murderbot Productions, called “Look Down”.

My favorite part of that rhyme went as follows:

“I mean start a conversation on the bus?
Are you kidding me?
I’m talking all the time.
I’m learning constantly.

That my mother’s a much deeper person than I might ever have known her to be;
And that I have the funniest friends in the world;
especially those who are just on Reddit spreading new memes.

Loneliness is not in the global community;
if there’s a commonality you just can’t see,
look a little harder because;
we all want the same thing.”

The part that hit the nail on the head as far as why Facebook appeals so much to the Introvert was a little further in the video, and went like this:


“An asshole in person is the same as online;
only worse because I can’t block you, and you’re harder to avoid.”

And that’s the crux of it. Introverts are the folks you see sitting at the corner table at the party, alone and uncomfortable, because they can’t stand being trapped in the middle of some mindless, mundane conversations with boring people. It gives them a headache. In real life, you can’t “block” the extrovert who just loves to hear themselves talk, and won’t ever shut up.

The Psychology of Introverts


In a fascinating, long-running study started in 1989 by Dr Jerome Kagan, researchers found that infants and toddlers who were hypersensitive to external stimuli, typically grew up to be quiet, reserved and thoughtful introverts.

“The higher the degree of ‘hypersensitivity’ an individual experiences towards sights, sounds, smells, and the closeness of other people, the more likely it is that those same individuals will seek to avoid them.

Hypersensitivity both creates and explains why introverts hold such a strong preference for seeking out quiet, serene and unpopulated spaces in which to live and work.”

It is for this very reason that the experience of using Facebook appeals so much more to introverted people. From the quiet comfort of your own home, you can enjoy a virtual “party” with friends and family. You can exchange witty jokes, play online games together, and even dive into a long and very intimate instant chat with loved ones.



You can do all of that without having to endure a voice blasting into your ear from a telephone, without the distractions and background noise of an actual in-person party, and without the danger of an extrovert jumping into the conversation, tossing you aside, and taking over.

Extroverts Don’t Use Facebook as Much as Introverts

Really, the smoking gun that introverts love Facebook much more than extroverts is the fact that they use it more.

Late last year, Dr. Pavica Sheldon at the University of Alabama in Huntsville conducted a study on this very topic, which she published in the Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace. In that study, she found that while extroverts may be more active on Facebook, Introverts actually use the social network for much longer periods of time than extroverts.


In other words, even though the extroverts who are there tend to try to steal the limelight (just like they do in real life), Facebook is actually utilized much more by introverts. Why? Because Facebook appeals to an introverts desire to control who they interact with 3 Online Contact Management Tips Even Introverts Should Try "Out of sight, out of mind." Does that describe your social connections? Socialization requires effort. Don't let poor contact management result in broken relationships. Read More , and how that interaction takes place 4 TED Talks To Revolutionize Your Social Relationships The best TED Talks are the ones that plant seeds in your heart, which later grow into life-altering changes. These videos provide insights into social psychology and give you some food for thought. Read More . Unlike in-person environments where introverts often feel like they have no control over interactions.


This need to control how communication takes place It's Not Facebook, It's You! 5 Ways To Fix Your Facebook Experience [Weekly Facebook Tips] I joined Facebook because it promised to be an easy way to stay in touch with friends and family while traveling and living abroad. I stayed with Facebook even though many of the prejudices I... Read More is what makes social networks in general more appealing to introverts.  Krystal D’Costa said it best in a Scientific American article on introverts online, when she wrote:

“…this has also long been a criticism of these forms of communication—the ideas that reducing direct contact actually hurts relationships. We know that these media are not well suited to fully capturing the nuances of a conversation. But for introverts, they might actually be ideal because they offer the chance to control the interaction.”

This is especially true on Facebook, where you can make your status updates visible only to the family and friends who you’ve accepted into your list of Facebook “friends”. You can tell Facebook not to show you updates in the news stream from people you find annoying or rude. If someone is obnoxious when commenting on your Facebook wall, you can simply remove them as a friend, and you never have to see or hear from them again.

For introverts, this is a dream come true.

Introverts, Why Do You Love Facebook?

Are you an introvert who loves Facebook? Share the reasons why you spend so much time on Facebook 4 Reasons We'll Never Really Want To Give Up Facebook Facebook is changing human psychology. And that's why it's going to stay with us. For a very long time. Read More and probably always will. Make your voice heard on the matter — don’t be shy!

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  1. DDial
    May 13, 2019 at 1:13 am

    You should remove this lame article. I couldn’t disagree with everything contained herein more. As a psychologist for 30 years, I have a little experience with human behavior. The author’s personal opinion is completely off base from all statistical analysis and factual research. Most true introverts, especially the highly intelligent and/or educated, dislike social media in general and have little use for it. Try doing some actual research before writing a ridiculous article.

  2. Ronnie
    March 3, 2019 at 11:23 pm

    Ryan, you are wrong about this. I am a definite introvert and can predict which of my friends love Facebook. They are all extroverts. The introverts think extroverts make "blah blah blah" and "Look at me!" posts just to get attention. Introverts don't need or seek that kind of attention. We may use Facebook to respond to the posts of our extroverted friends when we're in the mood for it, which is not that often. We don't tend to initiate. Also, we are very protective of our privacy. We don't want to share too much. We are more comfortable sharing our views on boards where we don't identify ourselves by name.

  3. Zorba
    January 2, 2019 at 12:09 am

    Introvert here. DETEST face***k with the fire of 10,000 suns. Don't have much use for TWITter et al either, and wouldn't be caught dead with a smartphone. And my entire career has been in computers and high tech - I know stupid when I see it.

  4. Maria
    November 25, 2018 at 6:23 am

    This article is all over the place. Probably a symptom of looking down too much.

  5. Barry
    June 3, 2018 at 4:23 am

    Three years later and society is begininng to realize how much damage social media , smart phones etc has done.

  6. Tina
    March 6, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    Not sure how valid this article is. I’m an introvert and hate Facebook. I see more extrovert people use it around me.

    • Louise
      May 30, 2018 at 3:29 pm

      Agreed. Introverts actually prefer Pinterest because there's virtually no interaction :)

  7. Poopoo poopy
    March 6, 2018 at 9:52 am

    Extroverts are keepin it real while introverts are only capable of shallower types of interaction. A life half lived.

    • Louise
      May 30, 2018 at 3:28 pm

      Actually the opposite. Extroverts crave numerous relationships that simply must be shallower. Introverts crave fewer, deeper relationships. And as far as I can tell, do NOT like FB. Regardless of the author's take on it.

  8. Jimmy Wayne Jeffreys
    January 12, 2018 at 5:03 am

    Ryan I think you have this dead wrong. I'm an introverted man and I don't have Facebook and don't ever see that changing, and i believe it is because of my introvertedness that I don't care for it. I don't have much to say in real life to most people, and I don't have much to say on social media either. I don't care about other people's lives and don't see the reason to share my random events with anyone else. Both of my ex wives literally lived on Facebook, maybe because I was so boring, but they were both extroverts. My mom has a Facebook I don't know if she is introverted or extroverted, she is a good balance. One of my sisters is an extravert who uses Facebook a lot and my other sister is an introvert and hates Facebook, she has never had a Facebook account either. My daughter is an invtovert who lives on facebook. I don't have any other supporting data because I don't have any friends and I know very little about most people, but those are the examples from my life. Maybe what you stated applies to more to the female psychi I have no idea, because at 40 I still have am no closers to understanding that.

  9. Music Mugger
    December 26, 2017 at 7:48 am

    What a load of bollocks.
    Facebook's mines your information just like Google, spies on you for the NSA etc., regardless of what they say, and that's just for starters. There are other things, like selling you for profit, without your permission, and without giving you any of the proceeds. Just like Google, and now Microsoft, they criminally invade every area of your life. Try reading ALL their terms and conditions, and see for yourself. If you value your privacy, think again.

    • Poopoo poopy
      March 6, 2018 at 9:53 am

      True..privacy is becoming a rare concept.

  10. Alec Heesacker
    November 13, 2017 at 1:50 am

    Facebook does not ban nudity content! They don't ban Japanese Girls pages for showing nudity!
    They don't even ban America's Home Videos for showing nudity videos!
    I'm being threatened by Facebook, because they did not ban nudity within my Facebook Account!
    I'm signing the dispute letter to you Facebook for not taking the appropriate action!
    I'M NOT COMING BACK! GOODBYE FACEBOOK! (Makes up an song about "Goodbye Facebook")

  11. demio
    September 16, 2017 at 11:57 am

    I hate facebook ... their policy is like a maffia!

  12. Dan
    June 14, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Was just searching if there was a term for someone who doesn't like FB. Found this. Have to say I disagree. My dislike for FB (and various social media) has grown stronger over the years. I used to post daily, then it was maybe weekly, now it's very very rarely. I do not consider myself an extrovert. My friends, family, partner, they are not even close to introverted. Yet they are addicted to the point where it seems it would be easier to squeeze blood from a stone than get a conversation out of them. And get this. Out for dinner with my partner, he's taking pictures of his meal to share, but it doesn't stop there. He actually moves things on the plate around and makes sure it's in the right light and I obviously have to move away from the table so he can take the perfect picture. Then we can enjoy our meals. What is that called? Madness? I've had to put a ban on people 'tagging' me everywhere because I just want to be private. It's nothing to do with being an extrovert or introvert. It's addiction. People just want to brag all the time now, posting EVERYTHING they do. Nothing is private. Nothing is special. It used to be the case of telling your friends about something amazing you've done in person. Now you get a minute to minute commentary as it happens. It's all about bragging and vanity. I really hope that one day social media will be made redundant, though I very much doubt it.

  13. Sierra
    June 1, 2017 at 5:52 am

    Do not agree whatsoever.Least not for me.I consider myself an introvert.Never been a social person.Always been very private.Basically,everything facebook is not.So do not have any social account and and never care to get one.I have real relationships with real family and friends.

  14. mendskyz
    January 11, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    I created a Fakebook account to get in touch with friends from my childhood and once I connected with them I probably log in about once every few months to see if any new friends have shown up. My profile is as incomplete as possible on fakebook, just enough to satisfy the minimum requirements. I NEVER POST, I don't put any personal information on there, and I never use my fakebook account to post comments on articles or forums. I have turned off all notifications because I am sick and tired of people who post their whole life on fakebook, and those that feel compelled to share pictures of their daily meals. Fakebook is nothing but a Data Mining company and if you think everything you put on Fakebook is not somehow used to classify you, market to you, or in extreme cases investigate you. Zuckerberg is a hypocrite to beat all hypocrites. He makes billions snooping into the lives of people while keeping his own life as private as possible. Fakebook and Twitter are both going to be downfall of modern society.

  15. ...
    December 28, 2016 at 12:43 am

    I am an inrtovert and i HATE facebook

    • Poopoo poopy
      March 6, 2018 at 9:55 am

      Meee tooo..and i really hate the way every show only uses facebook if you want to make a comment or complaint.

  16. Jd
    December 21, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    I'm another introvert who hates Facebook. I quit it, and I've never been happier. Its fake 'social' networking, advertising and news censorship. More studies claim narcissists love Facebook. I guess you could be an introvert and a narcissist, but I still think the platform appeals more to the latter than the former.

    People who love Facebook are so selfish they think I quit because of them... I must be jealous or something. Because the world revolves around You. Ok. . Who cares what you think about everything? How many photos of your life do in need to "like" to be your friend? Its so stupid. If you judge your self worth on # of Fakebook likes, you failed life.

    I suspect a lot of these 'introverts' are wallflowers, or just insecure rather than truly introverted. Introverts aren't necessarily shy or desperate for social acceptance, whether it's in the real world or the fake online distort-your-world-view social media. Introverts like being alone, engaging with people on Facebook is not being alone.

    • Jimmy Wayne Jeffreys
      January 12, 2018 at 5:07 am

      You're closing says it all. I feel the same damn way. Thanks for that.

  17. DM
    November 24, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    I stumble across this article randomly by googling up " hate using FB".

    Sadly I do not fall to the article's argument. I'm introvert and hate FB.
    I don't use it because I find it ridiculous. I think its more accurate to say internet media socialists uses it more than other types.

    There is no amount of proof that introvert uses it more than extrovert, as its common knowledge that introvert use the WEB more than extrovert. This article needs to be debunked & re-researched on.

    Seriously do people not think of domino effect before studying a case?

  18. Decoda
    October 21, 2016 at 1:05 am

    I dont care what i am, i am a human there is no label you could put on it to make me catogorise myself a certain way socially, i have had my experiences and its shaped me to exactly who i am in a physical social situation, i could not have gained those insites reading or threw facebook, this technology is now more a subtle but yet in your face marketing software for personal interactions, that people cant live up to in a person to person situation, i myself knew when someone i met then talked to after on facebook didnt sound the same in person again, almost like they jacked them selves up to make me wonder why their so different from the first interaction, almost like something was wrong, so its only in your heads you assume its helping show who you are, to a degree it is but to more of a degree its making people like me notice you cant express your self without the tech, so when do you learn to do it for real?
    Theres people like me who notice extemely easily that your mind has been swayed by social media into acting like a fool cause you posted something silly or showed it to me, ("my blank look reguardless of the words coming out my mouth would have explained it all, but if you messaged it to me or posted it and i replied lol, haha, etc how would you even know what i truely thought") and so i didnt let your 400 followers know i thought it was stupid, start a mass debate Coming out on top and make you potentially feel very stupid and go threw the last 5 years of post to make sure your not presenting your self how you dont want, cause now theres a history of all those incidences that make you look a bit silly, i went with the crowd and said it was funny or what ever they said, but in person to person reguard less of what i say your unconcious learns without you knowing if everyone around you thought it was wierd and fake laughed, " because there is way less muscles involved and your body sees that", how do you see them in a text?, so you really dont have that trait with social media, these days you could live half your life believing your something you clearly display in person your not....but in essence your reality is what you are presented with, belive what you will....and i guess youll be happy till you cross someone like me in person and i start asking you questions about your interests and you cant remeber what you listed in your facebook details, then i remind you. Not to mention if someone likes something not everyone does, a group heard mind set can cause someone to comment, like, react in a way they wouldnt normally, in a way its making you all the same witch you are not, your individuallity on a social level is who we see you as, and we see way more of you in person than meets the eye, yes your all differnt but your all the same on social media witch is wierd, not to mention when i speak everyone i speak to hangs on my word, i find the less i say makes what i say much more heard and powefull i cant say that for any facebook user i know in a face to face situation ,they seem to gain this fly like mentaility were everyone is just buzzing around bumping into each other not really thinking to their face to face potential but to facebooks reality, i used to stay quiet for a minute and the person would generally tell me allot about what they have done, now i just get shown memes if they get a hint of bordem, they revert not to talking about life and future ideas but showing what others have created with their lives...very sad to me the way i see the neck bending generations, the world from our view is "not" lost I think the lesser majority is taking a place in the shadows, and will remain their technology can only push serotonin and dopamin levels to a certain extent before it becomes boring ;). They'll be issuing antidepressants with facebook signups in the future "LOL" ;)

  19. guest
    September 15, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Never liked Facebook and never will. It's for attention whores who need constant validation from others to feel like they 'exist' especially those ugly models who are always posting whorish photos of themselves to get 'likes'. twitter and instagram is the same thing, why the hell do you need 'followers' or should i say stalkers to follow what u are doing?? Do u not value your privacy? You want to become some kind of fake barbie or do u have such low self esteem that u need that many 'followers' or stalkers looking at ur dirty whorish photos to gain 'likes'? instagram is disgusting joined for one day then left they have a lot of disgusting porn like images on there most of the 'women' on there look like whores looking for attention which I find sad and pathetic! if someone needs that much attention for likes and followers they really are an attention whore with issues! lol

  20. LostinFB
    September 4, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    I skimmed through the comments and saw numerous, "I'm an introvert and don't like Facebook." I'm an introvert and "use" FB a lot, which requires a definition of the word "use." If you only "friend" a small number of people near to where you live, and by "use" you are talking about posting lots of status updates, replying to people's comments, and doing lots of messaging, then yes, I can see why an introvert would not like it.

    I joined FB many years ago, and made "friends" with people that required large numbers to play one of the games through FB. Yes, probably not smart now, but I've weeded out some of those. Still, I have over 400 "friends" many of which are from that game. So how do I use FB?

    Those "friends" provide a good cross section. Yes, the majority are from the U.S.A., but there are also numerous from Canada, Great Britain, Australia, and New Zealand, not to mention from Mexico, Germany, Netherlands, Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong, South Africa...... I have "friends" that are outright racists and bigots to those that are tree hugging hippies from the 60s. Would I be "friends" with most of these FB friends in real life? Doubtful.

    So how do I use FB?? As an introvert, I rarely post anything, rarely message anyone, rarely click on "liking" a person's status, article, or picture, and rarely interact with anyone. If I had to log in to FB, (or Pintrest or Twitter, neither of which I have) to reply to this article, I wouldn't have done it, because I don't want comments I make linked with my FB page. Instead, I use FB the way many introverts spend time: by reading. That may be why studies said that introverts spend more time on FB (which I think some people misinterpreted as meaning they were posting, messaging, etc.). THEY ARE READING. If you have only a small number of FB friends, that are all friends in real life, then yes, FB would be boring, as there wouldn't be a wide variety of posts and reading material.

    From the USA, I see articles liked, shared, and posted from the extremes of both political spectrum. I read those articles put out by both sides to understand what each side believes and why, as well as to see the blatant lies that some put out, that supporters accept as truth.

    On non-politics I've found interesting articles posted and shared about topics that I probably never would have come across without FB. I've learned things about other countries and what is happening with them as posted by residents, that I wouldn't otherwise. I've seen pictures of places where people live and where they have visited. There are even a few of those FB "friends" that I think we would be friends in real life if we ever met. If FB was confined to my real-life friends, then it would be boring, but because I see posts from so many perspectives, I can always find interesting articles that my FB "friends" have posted.

  21. Jocelyne
    September 2, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    I love Facebook not only because I truly am an introvert and find control very appealing when it comes to who I let comment on my own timeline... but because I love to read and learn and SO MUCH is available from all the groups that come together to help each other as in Diet Groups, or Instant Pot groups, or holistic medicine groups, or educational groups, or knitting groups, and the list is endless. Yes, hide, interact, and learn. I just do have to exercise my will to look up, get up, and go on out the door with lovely things to do in the real world. Not rocket science.

  22. Connie
    September 2, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    I'm an introvert. Om good with the label. I can say anything. Im more outspoken in words than I am face to face.

  23. Luke Allen
    September 2, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    It's 100% normal for those who disagree with the original premise of the article to be more vocal in response.

    To the introverts who responded "not me!" Don't take the illogical conclusion "not others"

    I'm an extreme introvert, my life long best friend who has a masters degree in psychology tells me if I meet new people to make sure I tell them I'm the most introverted person they've ever met. I'm a massage therapist that spends 90% of my work saying nothing to no one.

    I Love certain aspects to FB namely all the features this article expressed. My more introverted friends also tend to be on my wall more than my extroverted friends. Anecdotally, all my friends follow this article completely!

    Of course responses to any article are usually from those disagreeing. I'd literally not even think of commenting unless I read all of your logical fallacy arguments rebuffing social research with simple anecdotal opinions. You have the right to your opinion but my fellow introverts, you do NOT have the right to inject your opinion for yourself onto the rest of us, leave that, please, to our less socially aware extroverted counterparts.

  24. Jennifer
    September 2, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    I'm an introvert, I'm painfully shy, but Facebook gives me the ability to stay in touch with friends and family across the world and I love that. I have other platforms, but I rarely use them. My favorite part is the ability to remain connected to someone and unfollow them if I want to - besides virtually watching my God babies grow up from 3k miles away. My fiancé is quite the opposite. He's an extrovert and hates everything about Facebook. So for us, this is very true.

  25. KVK
    July 11, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    I would have to agree with the comments above. As an introvert I'm not really in love with social media - but it's a little bit of a double edged sword because as an author I have to advertise myself so I use social media to gain recognition and increase readership. Making connections along the way, the right ones happen from time to time so there is a positive and unexpected spin to putting yourself out there. I am cautious with facebook, because sometimes I get the impression people are just prying into other peoples personal lives, and comparing. Another problem is I get extremely bored with family shots and cutesy shots of children all the time. I love children and have my own, but I get bored with it. I have a son, but prefer to show off my professional life. I'm just not interested and feel very bored with anyone who is not challenged intellectually. So the answers about who uses social media I think has more to do with professional reasons or personal reasons, and whether you have a career. Facebook tends to be 70% women, stay at home moms, students or retirees. Linked-In is mostly male dominated and focus's on professional connections. I still think Linked-In is my favorite site, and G+ is fun to use overall. Social media is a good thing when used in the right way, extroverted or introverted doesn't matter.

  26. Lucie
    July 4, 2016 at 4:09 am

    Introverts liking Facebook? Is this a joke?
    More seriously, I am an intorvert. Big time. And I avoid Facebook, big time too.
    Why do I avoid FB?
    As other peopel have said, limiting conversation to small talk is not for me. I like deeper conversations.
    Broadcasting to the whole world what I am doing is not an introvert's thing. If I have something to say to someone, I will tell it directly to that person. Remebr, us introverts like to keep ourselves to ourselves.

  27. Becky
    June 29, 2016 at 12:35 am

    Ok I am in the minority here- I am an introvert and I love Facebook. I can communicate with people without draining my energy, and can choose how much exposure to have. I love checking in and posting pictures, and it has nothing to do with narcissism or bragging about my life. It's a way for people to stay connected on a broader spectrum. Does it replace time with my nearest and dearest? Of course not, but it helps keep the lines of communication going with others. To each his own, obviously, but surprised at all of the negativity here. :/

  28. Ali Browning
    June 28, 2016 at 12:06 am

    gave up my facebook page and it's the best thing I ever did, I am also very introvert. Only thing is I was browsing some interest pages and found no one has commented on anything because they are probably all on facebore.

  29. Fred
    June 6, 2016 at 1:08 am

    Facebook is for losers. And Why make Mark Suckerberg even more rich? He sucks. And his website sucks.

  30. Maddie
    May 22, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    I'm a true introvert and facebook is not for forget introverts are not really interested in small talk which is all facebook is, they enjoy one on one discussions with people they trust, about in depth things, not announcing status for everyone to see. Also you can't really control the interaction because it's a two way street. I would say extroverts love facebook like all social media more than introverts, because they need the constant stimulation of novelty, have a fear of missing out on latest gossip that cbc provides, they need constant stimulation. When sitting at a bus stop, I see so many people on their phones because they can't just sit still for five seconds and take in what's around them. They need constant stimulation and they get that when they are interacting with others. Introverts get stimulation from being with their own thoughts alone. I feel invaded if I leave social media open on my mind can't rest. I don't have smart phone set to alert cause I don't want to b disturbed. You assume all introverts secretly desire greater social interaction than they currently have and that's an old cliche, some do and many dont. They enjoy spending time alone, doesn't mean they are socially stale

    • Terry Colby
      July 22, 2016 at 9:03 pm

      I agree mostly (as an introvert myself), but a couple more points:
      * I don't necessarily "enjoy" spending time alone, but what I end up doing I'm kind of socially anxious too)
      * I'm not fond of Smalltalk - most of which strays pretty rapidly into b/s - I'm not that comfortable with it IRL let alone kept online, permanently(!) with random changes to privacy policy, and random people reading snippets of b/s completely out of context and open to degrees of scrutiny
      * I often have my phone out in public as a barrier. People ask less questions if you look busy/occupied.
      * And I don't think it's just extroverts that can get in a simulation loop from updates. I get it from mainstream news, tech news, video lectures, email, PVR recordings etc.etc. It's the "inbox pattern" you get hooked on clearing a list, but the list just keeps growing (professionally I Kanban my way out of it, but harder to do that for entertainment, learning etc.)

      (fictionally) Elliot Alderson on Mr Robot (albeit with a lot more going on psychologically than most) is a pretty good study in extreme introversion and social anxiety - plenty of familiar tones for me (aside from the more extreme stuff).

      Seriously though, on introversion & Facebook, from my experience a certain type of introvert (like myself, and others on here) have an instinctive aversion to Facebook - as one of the creators of Minecraft succinctly put it "there's something inerrantly creepy about Facebook".

      I agree, but can't properly articulate why...

      • Terry Colby
        July 22, 2016 at 9:05 pm

        Also note my anonymity in posting here (not my real name in case you were wondering) - I'm far more comfortable like this!

  31. Fuckyou
    May 20, 2016 at 7:11 am

    Introvert here. I hate Facebook with a passion. Had it for 6 days, deactivated, never went back. I will wait for MySpace to come back to life.

  32. Ellie
    April 24, 2016 at 11:39 am

    As soon as I read this article I knew there would be lots of introverts, like myself, disagreeing with you. I only use facebook to be a part of a few inspirational groups and go under a slightly different name so nobody can find me. Every other aspect of facebook appals me. I spend as little time as possible in there. I'm also hypersensitive but prefer a little quality socialising in the outside world to anything that facebook could offer me.

  33. William
    April 16, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    I'm also very introvert and I despise facebook and all the attention it has received from various media promoting it.
    My family all has fb and they don't bend over their screen all day, only go online to share photos every other weekend so don't generalize people just because all the teenage girls with low degrees bend over their phones all day doesn't mean everyone on facebook is like them.

  34. mark
    April 16, 2016 at 4:08 am

    I'm an introvert and I detest Facebook. The second time I have written this didn't get published the first time.

  35. mark
    April 16, 2016 at 3:33 am

    I'm an introvert and I detest facebook

  36. anonymous
    April 13, 2016 at 4:49 am

    I can sort of see the arguments or the reasoning behind this article trying to make sense. But ultimately they are quite superficial and inaccurate. I'm an introvert (INFJ) and Facebook drains me. Tried an account at least 3 different times. Been free from if it for at least 4 years. Occasionally I will peek at it, but same uneasy feeling. I do, however, blog on another social website but I don't know any of my followers and rarely correspond.

  37. Donna
    April 10, 2016 at 1:13 am

    Yes!! I read this article and called it BS!! My extrovert friends love the "me attention" and I (introvert ) HATE IT! I lasted on FB 4 weeks. ..never again!

  38. Luc
    April 7, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    You couldnt be more wrong: I am hypersensitive and I struggle a LOT with Facebook, and have ended my account. It is very very stressfull. I cannot believe that you see things so reveserd and wrong....

  39. Mona
    March 21, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Completely disagree. I'm an introvert and Facebook is just one big noise to me. When I am alone, I am alone. When I want company, I seek out those who are closest to me. I can't get my head around Facebook. Why would you want all that interaction during your precious alone time??? Maybe you're really a shy extrovert?

  40. Gheeseeawon G D
    February 1, 2016 at 11:59 am

    i always feel shy to personally approach someone of the opposite sex, but may enjoy same via means of social networks like facebook, without any self-consciousness or inferioty complex at all!

    • Terry Colby
      July 22, 2016 at 9:13 pm

      I have just as much problem approving anyone (friendship or other stuff) online as in person when it's attached to my name/face.

      When anonymous it's slightly better, but I'm still shy on personal conversation even then.

  41. Anonymous
    January 24, 2016 at 9:38 am

    I remember an old friend, who was always on the move, always had thoughts of what to do next, to party, have fun, loves to talk for shits, adventures, you could say hes an extrovert, i being the complete opposite but unaware, but i would join in his adventures, and i was always the one that felt out of place...i thought to myself, what makes him tic?...what is it that's always giving him ideas to do something... then i realized it was thought, he always had a thought of what to do, exhausting i know...then i thought shit is something wrong with me? why am i always so laid back? how do i not have thoughts on what to do next all the time?, why am i not outgoing in general to others...a hint was whenever he got into a philosophical predicament, or mainly a problem which required major thinking he was stuck in the mud...which is usually when we actually sat down and did nothing but think...and i was always the one to find the answer, "words of wisdom" he called it...after some general out of control rage in sports due to lack of thinking(body over mind) i stopped sports and started to think more and more, exercising the brain and the more i did so the more quiet i needed, the more alone time i wanted, the more exhausted i got from doing all these activities like partying and chit chat etc exploring ideals, understanding concepts, learning from history, exploring methods and approaches, the ideals of eating with spoon and fork, vs your hands or even chop sticks, the customs of eye contact while talking...instead of flood of thoughts on what to do next to entertain oneself, a flood of thoughts in the form of questions take its place but only when you tap into your mind do you unlock it...before even being aware and having an interest in deep thought i was labeled shy by pretty much everyone, but never considered myself shy, just have nothing to say that's important, maybe we are dictated at birth whether we are intro or extro or somewhere in the middle, the mind is a tool but only when you become aware of it and prefer it over the body do you become "introverted", extroverted people use there mind to but do not prefer it over the body, the middle is just a best of both worlds, monks would be considered introverted, warmongers would be extroverts, labeling seems a bit excessive, its all just different shades.

  42. Cam
    January 11, 2016 at 1:44 am

    I have always been an introvert and I can't stand Facebook .Bang goes your theory.

    • Sigh
      January 27, 2016 at 12:55 pm

      That's too funny! Bravo!

  43. Ang
    December 29, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    I can't stand Facebook! It doesn'the bring people closer together. It just let's you talk to people you would rather not talk to face-to-face. I feel that if someone wants to talk there are other ways of talking, like a phone or even something like skype or leaving that-a letter. And if you don't care to talk to me face-to-face. I don't want to talk to you either. Most people on Facebook want to only talk about themselves and that is why they only communicate that way. Look at me! I live such a great life! When did posting pictures of what you ate for dinner last night become a riviting conversation piece? Or what about taking so many pictures to post on Facebook that you miss Life all together. Put down your phones, cameras, gagets and go LIVE LIFE... There is so much more to life than who post what. And really does anyone really care......because I don't. ????

  44. mady
    December 9, 2015 at 5:03 am

    Strongly disagree. I am introverted and the thought of bringing past, present and future 'friends' into my life, sharing thoughts and photos really does not sit comfortably with me. Facebook makes me dislike people I know ( the extroverted ones mostly) with the look at me posts. Especially when I know personally you are nothing like this in real life and are projecting a fake image. Example I know a terrible parent who posts status's like she's the best mother in the world. She is the most horrible parent I have ever known, poor kids : /
    Facebook is for extroverts IMO

  45. IntroStrong
    November 25, 2015 at 1:12 am

    This article is so off. Extroverts love facebook. Constant interaction and no privacy. Fake people trying to make their lives seem better.

  46. Anonymous
    October 22, 2015 at 5:33 am

    Thanks Andy for the link xad

  47. Anonymous
    October 22, 2015 at 5:32 am

    It's the era of the introverts :p

    I have started hating facebook and deleted my profile only for the reason that I don't want Facebook to flourish.

    Facebook is stopping the evolution of the Internet and is replacing every basic entity of out life. Soon enough we won't be able to do anything without facebook.

    These days people go for outings just cause they could take pics and upload them and show others how awesome their life is.

    I hate it when you're out in a wonderful place and instead.of enjoying it all you're interested in is taking pictures to show your friends.

    If not for Facebook many people would not have gone for the trip on the first hand. Facebook is making people fake their lives.

  48. Anonymous
    September 3, 2015 at 1:32 am

    I'm an introvert by every standard. I hate Facebook because its superficial as hell. Everyone has a soapbox but nobody saying shit. Really its a cesspool. I don't care about your political affiliation or your dinner or you fronting your kids off to us on Facebook. They were cute the first 50 times. You don't know everything, you're not that cute, and if you are so talented then do it in real life. A troll can get a million likes on Facebook. I'm not done but I'm finished. Shit is wack!!!

    • Anonymous
      November 1, 2015 at 2:11 pm

      I'm an introvert too, and I feel the same way. As a writer and graphic designer with several websites, however, I feel that I can't leave Facebook, that I must be there to connect with readers and customers. But I really, really, really hate feeling like I'm supposed to entertain people there.

      Also, while I'm on the soapbox, I believe that Facebook has hurt the internet. People aren't going to other sites much anymore.It has destroyed some of my online businesses.

      I'm not done, but I'm finished too. :-)

  49. Anonymous
    August 30, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    I don't actually use it all THAT much, but I do socialise heavily on the internet in general. I do know to put the phone away when socialising - whether I do or not though, as rude as it may be, depends whether I want to talk to people at the time and whether they're going on about something I don't like (sport, usually)

    But anyway. When I do use it, I love it for a handful of reasons:
    * It's convenient for keeping in touch with people I don't see face to face every day, like family who live 100 miles away
    * It's great for organising those face to face things in the first place
    * As an introvert, I can share things about myself that I'd normally be too shy to - certain interests, thoughts and opinions. I don't actually like talking about myself normally, it feels self centred, but I do like to be "known" and it's a way to just passively "put things out there" without shoving them (unfortunately nowadays it does "push" things to people's feeds - I'm sure when I first joined people had to actually look at your profile)
    * I have some very niche interests and very slim chances of finding others with the same ones within 100 miles. It allows me to find like-minded people I never knew existed, and sometimes, we even travel across the country or world and meet up!
    * Some things - ideas, thoughts, comments, little events (I don't really mean "what you just ate" but you get my meaning) are "kind of interesting" but don't merit talking about in face to face conversation, so it's good for that too.

    Off the top of my head anyway. Got to go now - face to face social event.

    • Mihir Patkar
      August 31, 2015 at 5:25 am

      This is such a fantastic, detailed reply. I love it. Thanks for commenting, Cloudane!

  50. Telise Maquaire
    May 27, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    Yes, introvert here. I love FB because it allows me to interact with people without the exhausting drawn out, socializing aspect that extroverts seems to thrive upon.

    • Anonymous
      August 23, 2015 at 4:34 am

      I am an Intervert and find it easier to communicate with people on line or on Facebook but the people I contact do not respond to me a lot Icant change been an Intervert that is me and always will be me.who ever has rules that they want to talk to people rather than Facebook them that's there personality not mine

  51. Anonymous
    April 29, 2015 at 12:29 am

    I disagree. I'm an introvert. Seems to me like extroverts like to use it more so they can talk about themselves and be dramatic about stuff no one cares about but them. It's like a "Look at me!!" platform, and as an introvert, I don't really enjoy that.

    • Anonymous
      September 3, 2015 at 1:33 am


  52. William
    April 3, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Introvert here. Facebook is a blight on humanity and it sucks on all levels. Never joined, never will. I can't wait until the wheels fall off and it's gone forever. Soon enough it will . disappear and we'll all be better off for it.

    • Anonymous
      November 1, 2015 at 2:14 pm

      This is one of my dearest dreams as well.

  53. vidya
    April 2, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Not really, I'm introvert and I have facebook -- and I barely use it since the beginning. Idk, but I just really dislike facebook. But I prefer twitter, tumblr, weheartit, snapchat etc more than facebook to socialize with people in internet and express what's in my head/what happened/how i feel at the moment.

  54. Greg
    March 29, 2015 at 12:08 am

    I'm an introvert who also struggles with social anxiety. I find Facebook gives me the social connection I long for without putting myself in a stressful situation.. I love Facebook

  55. mie73
    March 27, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    I'm not exactly sure how we went from discussing introversion vs extroversion and FB on to MBTI types, but I'll play along. I am also INTJ, and I find that I love FB - but only when I use all of the filters and privacy settings possible. I mean, I seriously tweak those things. And I ruthlessly unfriend people and "hide" (or "unfollow") others. That's the beauty of FB to an introvert - which is what I thought the article was actually saying - that you can control how exactly much drivel and political ignorance and just plain word vomit that shows up in your feed. You want more? Let 'em back in. Feeling stabby? Unfollow. Try doing that at your next obligatory office happy hour.

  56. Niki
    March 27, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    I'm an introvert (ISFJ) and I use Facebook almost everyday. I have friends and family all over the country and some outside the US and this is the best way to keep in touch with them. I love being able to share things about my life with them and I love being able to see what's going on in their lives as well. There are things about FB I would change if I could, but I still really enjoy using it. While I don't mind other forms of communication, I prefer Facebook.

  57. Cheryl
    March 27, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Honestly. If you are constantly talking and never listening you are not learning anything.

  58. Isabel
    March 27, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    I'm an introvert and I do love Facebook.

    I understand why some people hate it, but I guess it depends on how you use it and what you use it for. I, personally, use it to check on the people I love. I usually don't post anything, no statuses, no selfies, nothing about my personal life, which allows me to participate without compromising my privacy, I can choose and control how much of me I share with others. But it is a great platform to know what's going on with the lives of the people I consider to be my friends, I see their photos and updates and everything without having to reach out and start a social interaction. I can also control almost everything related to my interactions with them, which would be a lot easier if Facebook didn't say if you have or have not read the messages sent to you, but I can decide when do I reply and take my time to do so, or even decide if I reply at all. I can follow/participate in pages of people I admire or have discussions about themes I love, I have joined several comunities of readers and animal rights activists, and I can also control how much, when, where and how to participate on that as well, without having to put myself out there either, avoiding all the awkwardness of typical social interactions.

    The fact that I have a profile in a social network doesn't mean I use it the same way an extrovert would, while they go on posting everything about their lives on statuses and whole collections of selfies, I just use it to see what's going on with the ones I love, I can ignore what I want to ignore, share what I want to share (also when I want to share it), block and unfriend unwanted people, etc... all of this in my own time, following my own rules. It's ideal for me.

  59. Ryan Dube
    March 27, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Same here Shaelynn - I've developed a long time circle of good friends online. Facebook omly brought us (almost all introverts) much closer. A lot may actually have to do with both type of introvert, and awareness of how the technology works, as you point out.

  60. Isabel
    March 27, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    I am an introvert and I love facebook although not for the reasons this artice states I am afraid. As it is based on the fact that introverts will avoid the real thing at any costs, when that is not true or at least it is not in 100% cases. I am a very sociable person, I love going out and socialising and being with people. Only that I need a great deal of alone time, and I don't have conversations with everyone and anyone. I am very specific about people and despite going out a lot, I need a lot of time on my own. So do I on facebook. And I'm a bit fed up with that assumption about being an introvert = not being social. There are other factors that make you an introvert even if you enjoy beers at the pub.

  61. Shealyn St. James
    March 27, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    INFP female here, and I love Facebook. However, I'm also a long time user of the internet in general, and a long time user of social applications in their earlier days - lots of bulletin boards. I have a core group of friends that go back almost 15 years now from a bulletin board dedicated to a common interest that is not personality-limiting. (We were all writers and participants at from its infancy days. We run a wiiiiide gamut of personal and political attributes.) I am comfortable with technology and know how to use it to MY best advantage, so I make it a point to understand how to use all the settings on FB, how to ad-block, how to either simply mute people or fully block them, and so on. I'm also careful about who sees what I post as well, so it all goes both ways.

    Online interaction has been a saving grace for me. I hate talking on the phone, but I can yak for hours online. It's been an amazing thing and I am so grateful for modern technology.

  62. Manpreet Singh
    March 27, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Hi I am an introvert and I love facebook. I never pot anything, if I do ita like one status in two months. I am not a regular Facebook poster, but I do like pics from different pages, be it sarcastic ones or anything. Yeah, this is such great thing for me cause everywhere I just open fb and start lookinh for funny posts. Yeah, that is just to avoid those people who sit daily in front of me in college and do 'chitter chatter' everytime. And I liked this post too that I why I have typed such a huge message.

  63. Sola
    March 26, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    I think people are missing the point. Using facebook does not mean you have to be posting things and stuff. I personally use facebook as a news feed and to follow topics I love.

  64. Dave Logan
    March 24, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    I hate Facebook because it is a data mining operation pretending to be a social network. This is like somebody pretending to be your friend so they can steal your wallet. What's more, is that it allows normally shy, unassuming types to be bullies. People say things they wouldn't dare say in person, enabled by anonimitity and not having the feedback of seeing the hurt registered on their victim's face. This isn't empowerment, it is enabling disingenuous behavior.

    • Marie Barger
      March 26, 2015 at 10:20 pm

      Excellent point. After reading everything I am rethinking my FB habits. I am a control freak so I see how FB meets my needs. My husband is an introvert hates FB.

  65. lakshay
    March 23, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    as much as i am happy to see an article on Introverts, I don't agree with article.
    From my point of view, this article is an example of your stereotyping nature(if that is a word) many introverts may be an avid user, but calling all introverts(or most of them) facebook lovers is too much. The research mentioned above is based on sample size of 243 students. which doesn't cover the people from different ethnicity. the sample size in itself is too small.

    Iam INTJ,(tested by my school and verified by online tests,or other way round) Thats my personality type, which depends on my liking and preference(not any particular preference).
    Since i check my Facebook around 2-3 times a month , does that make me a Extrovert or ENTJ?
    The article seems to be drawing a direct relation between FB usage and Introvert personality.

  66. Pooria
    March 23, 2015 at 11:11 am

    I disagree with point of this article, cause you can't just separate people in two groups for a very common subject like loving or hating Facebook. this is your view and it can't be wrong also.

    Infact i am more comfortable to dump someone i don't like in real life than Facebook. but i am uncomfortable to say my thoughts in a public community like Facebook that various types of people can see like my family, close friends, usual friends and people you just know them. Another thing that makes some people hate Facebook is they can't manage or they forget how to communicate with various types of people as i said, you don't speak to your mother similar to your friends.

  67. Finnen
    March 23, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Well, I like Facebook and other social platforms. I mostly use them as "a listener" - I only share some YouTube movies and songs from time to time. But mostly I use social networks for chatting. I prefer chatting with people online. Face to face meetings are overrated for me. I don't really see any difference between talking with people online and meeting them face to face. The same thing, except that I prefer online because I don't need to travel by bus (ugh...) to the city :P

  68. Anonymous
    March 23, 2015 at 5:46 am

    I am an extrovert all the way but the thoughts of pictures disgust me! Why is that? No, I do not a fear of pictures it's just they make me feel like I'm missing out on life although it should be the complete opposite....

  69. Charlene
    March 22, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    I wonder if a person's full MBTI score may play a role in who uses Facebook more than others. I can see how some Introverts who have a hard time with confrontation may find Facebook difficult to deal with, and some deal with it just fine, and that could be impacted by whether they're also intuitive vs. Sensory, Thinking vs. Feeling, and Judging vs. Percieving. Age and comfort with technology could play a role as well. Just some things to consider/eliminate when trying to study something like this.

    I'm an introvert. I like Facebook. I don't love it, however. I can get really frustrated with it. I know how to change settings and I have an ad blocker on my browser so I don't have to deal with the high number of ads. That's not the issue. It's when political and religious discussions turn into shouting matches and when people troll or bully each other that keeps me from loving it. But I like that it lets me keep in contact with long distance friends. I like how I can find news about things I like through different pages I follow.

    I have to agree with the "extroverts" you mentioned, who prefer physical cues from in person interactions. I find those cues extremely valuable as an introvert. It leaves less up to interpretation. What I hate, as an introvert, are long phone calls or texting sessions where I can't read a person's face or mood. I suppose what I'm trying to say is that valuing physical cues is hardly an extrovert thing at all.

    • Ryan Dube
      March 22, 2015 at 9:24 pm

      That is an excellent point regarding physical cues. My wife, who is more of the intuitive introvert you mentioned, is very much sensitive to facial cues & body language. As a thinking introvert myself, I tend not to really pay a lot of attention to facial cues (including my own). So it's very true that a lot of this could be better analyzed and understood by breaking it down into introvert types -- definitely.

    • Charlotta
      March 24, 2015 at 6:02 pm

      I agree! I think as well it depends on whether you're an introvert who actively edits their friend list and searches for other similar people online or not. On my main facebook page I may as well be non existent lol but in groups (I'm infp, incidentally), I go through periods of extreme activity, and then I will deactivate for a while. Different energy levels and tolerance for a certain amount of trolling and drama and people who like to argue. I'm not one for wanting physical cues though, I'm quite happy lurking online and not interacting with most people terribly much. I would definitely say that feeling types can find facebook very helpful if they don't particularly know likeminded people in real life though. An acceptance thing or something.

  70. Tyler Ventura
    March 22, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    This is ridiculous, I'm one of the most introverted people I know and I can't stand facebook. Take a real look at it and you'll see almost exclusively extroverts posting 5 times a day and sharing memes and all that, as an additional tool to build their own "character." It's a social tool (or if you ask me crutch), and it doesn't matter what the platform is, it's still a way to socialize. What should really be taken into account is what the social subject matter is on these sites. Everyone knows by now introverts hate small talk and overall shallow, mindless conversation. Now take a look at your news feed, how much is on there that consists of substantial thought and real ideas? That's what introverts look for, and unfortunately that's nowhere to be found on facebook. Sorry

    • Ryan Dube
      March 22, 2015 at 7:30 pm

      Hi Tyler - I guess it depends on the friends list you've built over time. As I mentioned above, my friends list is very short, but filled with philosophers, academics, activists, physicists, and other extremely interesting, intelligent people. My news feed is a plethora of insight and inspiration.

      It sounds to me like you may need to purge your friends, and try rebuilding it for a much more satisfying Facebook experience (for an introvert). :-)

    • Charlotta
      March 24, 2015 at 5:43 pm

      Tyler I suggest you take an mbti personality test, and then find the facebook group that matches your type, I am sure that you will be very pleasantly surprised to find that there is an abundance of introverts hiding away online in such groups posting intelligent and thoughtful things. As Ryan said, I think your friendship list may need a purge!

    • Ali
      March 24, 2015 at 7:21 pm

      I am an introvert and I post all day everyday... my friends list is nothing but people I am 100%comfortable with... there are many different types of introverts ... saying that this article is wrong , is based off of your feelings which means that you are just a different type of introvert.

  71. charlotta
    March 22, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Surely depends on the type of introvert too. If you are sensitive and emotional, perhaps it is more likely you will be drawn to aspects of facebook, such as the ability to disguise oneself, and restrict communication, and perhaps open up to certain people more than you feel able in real life. Or maybe you intjs like it as a base to debate and learn with more minds than you have access to irl. Ooh and I'd like to know, whether introverts or extroverts are more likely to make friends with people they've never met, online.

  72. charlotta
    March 22, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    I think introverts love facebook if they find the right part of it to hide out in. I hated facebook until I found little groups that I could join and feel part of a group that understands me much more than anyone irl. I am still very much a lurker but still. I think extroverts are more likely to use it to communicate to everyone as a whole, and introverts will use it to narrow down those they wish to communicate with, in a much more private way.

    • Ryan Dube
      March 22, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      Hi Charlotta - I agree...that's been it's value to me. I have my account split between "Public" posts and "Friends" posts. I have a small circle (relative to the numbers of friends most people have anyway), and I choose them wisely. They are only people who I trust know me well enough to respond appropriately, even though it's online. I tend to instantly remove people from my friends list who are obnoxious or never accept anyone else's opinion without a big fight or drama. Like you, I've joined groups of like-minded people - but within those groups I'm definitely not a lurker. On Twitter (which is very public) I've very much a lurker - I post very little. Just some confirmation here of what you've said - it's very true.

    • Charlotta
      March 24, 2015 at 5:46 pm

      Ryan I have joined mbti groups suited to me, I used to be very active but now I have whittled down my friendship group and the select few I got on with best from those groups still remain there :) like you, i remove obnoxious people immediately. Are you INTP, by the way?

    • norma
      March 27, 2015 at 11:57 pm

      I couldn't agree more. I used to have a Facebook years ago that was connected to family and friends of family. I hated it. I deleted thay account and a year or so later created one for friends I met online. Its wonderful now. I am myself but I can hide away from those people that drag you down. I am more real than I am in real life with people I may never of met without internet. They give you conference to be someone :-)

    • norma
      March 28, 2015 at 12:03 am

      I am an introvert but I am also shy and what not. Finding the right part of facebook is right. I met most of my friends through an art site and fb groups and made little groups of friends.

  73. Imaduddin Sawal
    March 22, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    I am a 15 year old but despite the poor educational opportunities in my country Pakistan, I take a lot of MOOCs and have made a great number of friends.

    I am an introvert IRL, and this is the online world through I can communicate with the students from around the globe and share and get valuable information. From India, US, Malaysia you name it. I can never think of abandoning FB as an introvert, at least till it's in existence and till another "Bigger" social media site can come. Cause though I have an Ello account, I rarely use it because ... well none of my friends use it. FB gives me an opportunity to express my thoughts and opinions in a way that I could never personally tell in real life. On the other hand I am a great public speaker though.
    But I personally hate that Look up video. Or at least disagreed with.
    Many people say we should give up technology, yes it might be a great thing but it is not a thing that is applicable ...

  74. Mats Svensson
    March 22, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Everyone are such individualists,
    except me.

  75. Justin Dennis
    March 22, 2015 at 6:27 am

    I'm an introvert and I love Facebook.

    I think what a lot of commenters are forgetting is just because introverts tend to like FB more and extroverts tend to like FB less, doesn't mean that ALL introverts like it and ALL extroverts dislike it. It's almost like humans are varied and come in a wide spectrum of introversion, extroversion, and FB like/dislike.

    You're obviously allowed to be an introvert and dislike FB. That's fine. It doesn't disprove any scientific studies though to say, "But I'm an exception!" Though you're welcome to go do your own research and publish your findings.

    Regardless, I can understand the reasoning behind why introverts love FB, since I can identify with it.

  76. It's okay to be an Introvert
    March 22, 2015 at 12:59 am

    I'm an INTJ female, and I run several pages on Facebook, one of them being a large, introvert page. I wouldn't say I love it, but for me it's my way of socialising, and therefor it's almost a necessity.
    I'll explain why it works (for me at least).
    1. I can block people who annoy me.
    2. I can take the time to formulate a reply without being interrupted.
    3. I can unfriend family members.
    4. I can meet my friends, catch up with them, see how they're going, without every leaving my house.
    5. I can ignore comments, and messages for days and no one gets offended.
    6. And when I get tired of it and have had enough, I can get up, turn it off and walk away without having to explain why.

    • Charlotta
      March 24, 2015 at 5:49 pm

      I love being able to delete family members, and to walk away and not reply for days... I don't think I would keep up many friendships without facebook to retreat to! (I think I am probably on some of your pages...)

    • trish huber
      March 29, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      Agree with all of these reasons.
      I am an introvert, but love socializing on my own terms, in my own safe kitchen.
      Then walking away when I want, or multi-tasking as I am socializing.

    • It's okay to be an Introvert
      April 2, 2015 at 10:29 am

      You probably are Charlotta. I posted this to my public page and received a very positive response.

  77. nukky
    March 21, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    Introvert here and I try to avoid using FB at all costs. Most of my extroverted friends seem to love it though.

  78. Tinkicker
    March 21, 2015 at 10:38 am

    For the reasons Kate stated I use various messenger apps. Nothing there but me, my contact and the conversation. I don't have to fool with privacy settings because it's one on one already... No ads, no drama, no friends of friends of friends ad nauseum.
    I do have a fb page because of companies I might have to deal with, but I keep it deactivated for all but those interactions.

  79. Kate
    March 21, 2015 at 1:47 am

    I'm an introvert and I hate Facebook, maybe because I don't know how to get all the crap off it in the settings. I dread the thought of the overwhelming amount of marketing that it has on it. However, I've come to like Google + because I can find what I want on it and focus on those few things. Maybe because it's less popular, it's also less bloated with "Look what we're doing" stuff by zillions of commercial enterprises AND nonprofits, as well.

  80. keith
    March 20, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    I wholeheartedly agree with everything in the article.

    • Ryan Dube
      March 21, 2015 at 11:07 pm

      Cheers Keith.

  81. JonGl
    March 20, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    I'm an introvert, and I'm not particularly fond of FB--really despise it, in fact, but I use FB Purity, and all the controls that FB gives me to fine tune what I see, so I can see the validity in that part--I would suspect that if people were actually asked, introverts would say that--not that they like FB so much, but do like the control it can offer.

    • Ryan Dube
      March 21, 2015 at 2:38 am

      Jon - I think you're right. I know one of the biggest reasons I love Facebook so much is that I don't have to deal with arrogant or obnoxious people because I can' just unfriend or block them. It would be kind of nice to be able to do that in places like this (comment areas) - we'd never have to deal with Dragonmouth ever again! What a wonderful world that would be.... :-)

      Just kidding Dragonmouth - you know we love you.

    • dragonmouth
      March 21, 2015 at 1:15 pm

      It would be a very dull existence for you, Ryan, if everybody shared your opinions. If you didn't have outrageous opinions, you would not have gotten to be on TV.

    • Ryan Dube
      March 21, 2015 at 11:07 pm

      And if you didn't make nonsensical comments like the above, you would not be known throughout the entire staff of this website as an arrogant troll.

  82. Ryan Dube
    March 20, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    It should be different, but it isn't. That's what majes this so interesting. Evidence shows introverts don't just have accounts, they USE Facebook for more hours than extroverts. It would be nice to be able to ask those introverts what they love so much about Facebook (clearly none of you fit into that population of introverts...!)

    • Christopher
      March 20, 2015 at 8:41 pm

      You're looking for input from introverts to support your theory and seem to be completely ignoring the data you've been given so far. Why? I'm willing to accept the fact that I may be wrong about my theory that introverts hate Facebook. Are you willing to concede that you may also be wrong in your assumption? I've got to go. I'm socially exhausted.

    • Christopher
      March 20, 2015 at 9:53 pm

      I also want to say that I'm very glad that you're bringing some light to the subject of introverts; if only to prove that they're wildly misunderstood :-)

    • Ryan Dube
      March 21, 2015 at 2:36 am

      Chris - the only data here so far is from the article that shows Introverts use Facebook for longer periods of time than extroverts. You haven't provided any other data, so I'm not sure what exactly you're talking about.

    • Christopher
      March 21, 2015 at 3:39 am

      The data is being presented to you in the comments section of your article.

    • Ryan Dube
      March 21, 2015 at 4:18 am

      You're calling 4-5 anecdotal statements "data"??

    • dragonmouth
      March 21, 2015 at 1:05 pm

      "You’re calling 4-5 anecdotal statements “data”??"
      And how many people did Dr. Sheldon survey for her study? A thousand or so? In comparison to FB membership of over a billion, a few thousand is not enough to even constitute a statistical error.

    • Ryan Dube
      March 21, 2015 at 11:06 pm

      I'd say a thousand is a hell of a lot better than 4 in an Internet comment thread...

    • Christopher
      March 22, 2015 at 12:54 am

      dragonmouth is correct but maybe I should rephrase my comment: You’re looking for input from introverts to support your theory and seem to be coming up WAY short :-) I guess I wouldn't have had such a problem with the article if it hadn't been so "authoritative" in it's presentation instead of framing it as a question to the reader, instead.

      Oh and that “study” contained 197 college women and 120 college men. How can you possibly defend a study that includes only 417 people out of 1.23 billion and shoot down my data at the same time? Statistically, my data is more informative.

      By the way, those people looking down? Those are the extroverts seeking constant social interaction. The introverts are the ones looking at you, perplexed, as you go about your day seeking that constant interaction inside the little Facebook bubble you’ve formed for yourself.

      In short, I believe the study is inconclusive at best and grossly misleading at worst.

    • Maria
      March 22, 2015 at 1:32 am

      INTJ group. The group of my personality. Without drama...

    • Christopher
      March 22, 2015 at 6:08 am

      Interesting! Apparently I am INTJ also! Thanks for the info.

    • don
      March 27, 2015 at 3:36 am

      The size of the sample (417) and the narrowness of the population sampled is so small that no conclusion drawn is valid.

  83. Isaac Harris
    March 20, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    I generally do like FB. There can be drama on there, but you can also leave it behind. The consequences of arguments are online, not out here in the real world. It's much easier to just leave it there than it would be with family or work relationships.

  84. dragonmouth
    March 20, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    Academics (n): those who are adept at creating theories that are scientifically supported, sensible, creative, and completely useless in the real world.

    Article is junk science and full of pop psychology. Just because you have found "academic studies" to support your theory means absolutely nothing. If one looks hard enough, one can find academic studies to support just about anything - the existence of leprechauns, that are engineered by space aliens, that the lunar landings were staged in a studio.

    Like others above, I am an introvert and hate social networks, especially Facebook, with a passion. I would not lose any sleep if they all disappeared overnight.

  85. Christopher
    March 20, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    I'm a hardcore introvert and I hate Facebook. It exhausts me just as much as the real thing.

    • Ridwan
      March 22, 2015 at 6:41 am

      You just spoke my mind...... .. I'm an introvert and i hate Facebook

  86. YearOfTheGoat
    March 20, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Erm.. Shouldn't be vice versa? Because extroverts need attention at any cost, any time, any conditions, thats why all my known extroverts use FB. Me, introvert, and few other people have accounts, but almost never use it because we NEEDED to have it - website registrations, contests, some specific info, even job search. Even more, I am almost paranoid about giving personal info and photos to internet. Introverts like privacy and security - FB is opposite.

    • Charlotta
      March 24, 2015 at 5:54 pm

      Not all introverts like as much privacy as they think when in an online setting where they are understood. Personality groups as a key example. At first I was the same and couldn't stand facebook, but finding my 'own kind' online definitely changed my mind. And the best part about social networking is that I can delete people, choose when to respond, catch up without social effort, etc, etc. Obviously in general facebook is a bit of a nightmare for the introvert but if you find your niche I think it's a different story altogether.

  87. Ryan Dube
    March 20, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    A true introvert would never create such a juvenile profile name. Nice try though. ;-)

    • Arun
      March 23, 2015 at 6:53 pm

      Now you are connecting a personality type with maturity,

  88. Fart Sniffer
    March 20, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Nope. I'm an introvert and I hate it. Thanks.

    • Gui
      March 20, 2015 at 9:53 pm

      Agreed, I don't even have one.

    • George Klein
      March 26, 2015 at 11:25 pm

      Agree fully, I am an introvert, too, and I hate Facebook so much, that I don't even have a Facebook account. I don't use any social media website, except flickr (if that qualifies as a social media website) where I have my best photographs posted.

    • shadow
      April 9, 2015 at 7:01 pm

      Im an introvert, and I need fb for some things but I hate it! It has nowhere near enough privacy features on it. And I dont have a phone other than a brick, I prefer to read a book when travelling... to stop people talking to me. lol