Being introverted in the fast-paced world of today is a tiring experience. Apart from the usual difficulties connected to introversion, the digitization in schools and workplaces has massively contributed to the problems the more reserved of us have. But approximately half of the world’s population could be classified as introverted and is affected by this. Therefore, we need to start dealing with combining introversion and the stressful lifestyle our current society promotes.

Thankfully, since the phenomenon of intro- and extroversion has been recognized and talked about, a lot has changed for the better. Most people have already heard of the terms and are accepting of the differences they bring; even though, differentiating between introversion and shyness is unfortunately still rare. But apart from being recognized, in a world full of deadlines, constant updates through modern technology and a success-driven society: How can these people actually deal with their predisposition?

Addressing the topic of personality differences in schools and universities would be a good first step. In general, acknowledging and talking about personality traits and mental health should be included in educational facilities. Clarifying that some people’s minds function slightly differently makes it easier to understand our heterogeneous society. To be fair, this sector has made advances in the past by stepping away from calling the quiet kid in class ‘socially incapable’ and equating this with an unnatural and flawed character. Today, we are able to accept that there are different personality types and even appreciate the diversity that they bring. This acknowledgement is crucial to support introverted kids at school and has gained importance over the course of many education reforms.

But on a personal level, introverts need to take the time to wind down after a stressful day at work. Even if today’s entertainment-culture often indirectly shames them for this act of stepping back and not indulging in social networking, loud music, bright lights and alcoholic beverages.

Today, it takes courage to say no to friends and family demanding time and effort. Nevertheless, it is important in order to stop the endless cycle of overtaxing activities and regret when feelings of stress emerge. Supporting and recognizing introverts is actually beneficial for society. A positive attitude towards this half of the population reduces the stress that is put on them, in turn promoting their successes in school and professional life.

Additionally, oftentimes they are the more creative and mindful part of society and can solve problems in unique ways, which can enrich working life in different aspects.

To deal with the strain that our modern and urbanized way of living puts on them, introverts need to set themselves boundaries when it comes to accepting invitations and commitments. Another idea would be to do a ‘digital-detox’ and neglect mobile phones, constant availability and social media altogether. But even this personal choice proves to be difficult in today’s digitized society. It is almost demanded of us to stay available and to react as fast as possible. This causes significant stress on a private level. Sadly, this indirect demand is always present in modern times. Especially for young people who are more prone to being overwhelmed by their upcoming responsibilities.

This problem is not only one of lifestyle choices or private happiness, it is hurting society as a whole. To solve this, we need to eventually slow ourselves down and accept that there are different levels of stress resistance. Even if that means waiting for friends and co-workers to respond to our messages only when they find the time. This of course does not only concern the introverted half of the population, although they are the ones affected the most. So, to address their issues in today’s world is also to address the issues of society as a whole.

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