Why Internet Friendships are the Best for Introverts

Why Internet Friendships are the Best for Introverts

Internet friendships are the best for introverts. For me, the thought of going out with friends puts my anxiety into overdrive. Even without actually going out I can feel my reserves draining and I want to escape before I ever commit.

Not that I don’t go out, I do. I go out, have fun, joke around and then come home and need to recharge. Being an introvert, things like ‘going out for drinks, girls night out, and spa weekends’ are not something that I yearn for.

Why Internet Friendships are the Best for Introverts

Why Internet Friendships are the Best for Introverts

I somehow lucked out with amazing friendships that exist mostly on the internet. Momma may have preached stranger danger to us until we she was blue in the face but the internet opened up a whole slew of friendship opportunities that would not have been possible before. Most people make friends out in the world, my world is quite happy and small at home.

But the internet has opened up the possibilities for me to be social and build a support system without having to drain my reserves. Over the years I have met so many amazing women and men that can offer me advice, a listening ear and support when I need it. Plus, rural internet options mean that there is far less downtime; you can talk to your online friends whenever you want to without having to worry that the signal will drop out and your screen (or theirs) will freeze up on you.

I can spend as little or as much time talking to friends as I feel comfortable with. Most of my close friends know that I may ultimately fall off of a convo midway. I understand if they do too. With the busyness of life, parenting and work there need to be a mutual understanding of that.

Internet friendships still follow the same rules. There is loyalty, trust and a certain ease of communication. I may not necessarily break down and tell you my deepest fears over coffee at the local coffee shop but snuggled in bed with my phone the fear is gone.

So if you are an introvert who still needs to socialize sometimes the best place for you is right here on the web.

Some of my fave internet friendships are also a great bunch of bloggers from British Columbia. You should check them out here.

Aneta Alaei
Aneta Alaei

Aneta is a Toronto-based mom of four that loves a good meal, great company, and learning something new. In her free time, you can find her trying to keep yet another plant alive.

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  1. Lynda Cook
    June 5, 2018 / 9:21 am

    I am the same way, I have not really been one to go out and I suffer from anxiety and get shaky and nervous when out and there is so many people, the place I feel at ease is at my home and and in my town, the only downsize is I have no friends to go out and have coffee with, and it has only gotten worse since I have been done work, I had all my friends at work and now we don’t talk anymore like we used too, but I still have my kids and my pets. my mother and of course my husband!!

  2. kristen visser
    June 5, 2018 / 1:34 pm

    I love my internet friends 🙂 I have made so many over the years. Before I just had my friends and family on my fb….and now I have so many people who I have never met thanks to the world of contesting but it is so nice to have people you can really talk to who understand you and become apart of your life 🙂

  3. jan
    June 8, 2018 / 2:27 pm

    I certainly do not yearn for that ‘night out’. The internet is our friend sometimes.

  4. kathy
    June 8, 2018 / 5:23 pm

    Having a disability and house bound once the weather get cold I totally love social media and contesting,most people are just amazingly nice!!

  5. Calvin
    June 8, 2018 / 7:10 pm

    I have to agree, friend ships in general as well, it just suits me more.

  6. Carole D
    June 9, 2018 / 12:27 am

    I love my social media friends. I lost one of my best friends in October to cancer, we met entering contest on social media 11 years ago. We met and became fast friend as we lived in the same city.

  7. Erin N
    June 11, 2018 / 2:53 pm

    This is so true! I have met the majority of my friends on the internet (and past boyfriends, too, lol) It is just easier to start conversations rather than in person. I’m glad I’m not the only one! 🙂

  8. Kristi F
    June 11, 2018 / 3:47 pm

    I agree that this is a positive impact of social media. I’m also an introvert and deal with anxiety as well so it’s easier for me meeting someone this way and interacting.

  9. Leanne
    June 12, 2018 / 5:26 am

    I consider myself somewhat of an introvert or maybe I just like being home . I still need a night out here and there for sure but I don’t mind spending the weekend in . Social media is definitely good for a lot of people though .

  10. Sarah
    June 12, 2018 / 8:19 pm

    I relate to this a lot. I need a few days to recharge after a night out with friends. And I don’t do crowds without a ton of anxiety. Internet friendships have been an amazing alternative for me as well 🙂

  11. June 13, 2018 / 12:31 am

    I love you! I just realized why I love blogging so much! I’m a closet introvert 🙂

  12. Debbie White Beattie
    June 17, 2018 / 3:02 am

    I find it’s all fake on the internet because they’re only your friend over the computer and not in any real way. Just like the cyber bullies they only criticize over the internet because they are cowards in real life.
    I guess I just find that our society has gotten too into the cyber world and not enough face to face communication.

  13. Tammi L.
    June 22, 2018 / 10:24 pm

    I am so grateful for internet friends! I used to be very outgoing but started having issues with seizures and now suffer from memory loss and aphasia, I find it very embarrassing and really hate being out in the public! This is so much easier and kinder.

  14. Nate
    June 24, 2018 / 9:50 pm

    I have made some good friends on the internet, they are very helpful

  15. AD
    June 29, 2018 / 8:50 pm

    I would not characterize myself as an introvert, but some of my best friends I have made online. Some have been friends for over 20 years!