Entertainment Magazine News Volume 69, Issue 8

Introverts vs.Extroverts During Shelter-In-Place

By Stella Chapital

Graphic by Marco Perez-Lorente

People’s tendencies can place them into simple categories, introverts and Extroverts being two of these categories. 

Human nature and emotion are complex subjects, especially when it comes to times like these, where every day is unknown and we don’t know what’s going to happen next. So, whether one is introverted or extroverted, this situation is terrifying, it’s just the loneliness that might be handled differently. 

Introverts are described as shy, reserved, thoughtful people who observe the situations around them rather than interjecting. Social events and special attention directed towards them have been known to leave introverts drained and tired. The complete opposite of extroverts. The surface meaning of extrovert would be friendly and outgoing, but if you dig deeper, extroverts are actually revitalized from being around people and being in social gatherings.     

Sophomore Julian Diaz-Sagastegui said, “It has been nice doing school online and I enjoy doing school from home, but I wish I could go out because I enjoyed seeing people, and maybe it’s easier for introverts because they don’t feel like they have to go anywhere.” Introverts tend not to rely on social interaction as much as extroverts, so some do think that the isolation aspect of shelter-in-place is being handled better by introverts.

Sophomore Layla Nixon also said about introverts, “I feel like some introverts could even be enjoying this because it’s a break from how busy Las Lomas is, and extroverts are missing seeing everyone and socializing.” Extroverts seem to depend on the social part of high school to thrive, so during isolation, it might be difficult for some. Even with family and facetime, not having the physical interaction between them and another person can be hard.

Similar to gender, there is a spectrum when it comes to personality types, so almost no one is completely introverted or extroverted, leaving us with ambiverts and omniverts in the middle.  A less popular trait is being an ambivert. This is widely less known but ambiverts actually make up 68 percent of the population. Ambiverts are people whose behavior falls right between introverted and extroverted behavior, so while social events are great for ambiverts, so is alone time. Another more populated yet less known category is omniverts. Omniverts are people who could feel extroverted one day, and introverted the next, or it could change in a matter of hours.  

Junior Kyla Watkins said, “I think at the end of the day we’re all social beings that need some form of communication to get through. sure, introverts are more equipped to survive this type of dense isolation from the rest of the world, but it doesn’t mean they don’t need the love too! Check on your extroverted friends as well as the introverts. Everyone needs someone.” No matter who you are, whether you are labeled extrovert or introvert, everyone is human. Everyone feels fear, loss, loneliness, et cetera, so everyone needs to be checked up on every once in a while.