Sometimes dealing with people is just a bit too overwhelming. Everyone has those days where they make it a point to limit their social interactions to as few as possible. Some people make a regular habit, and others won’t even consider the prospect of having to speak to someone on any given day.
An Ask Reddit thread posed the question “Introverts, what’s the furthest you’ve gone to avoid people?” and folks have gone to some pretty desperate lengths to stay away from others.
1. Birdman_the_third doesn’t even want you to know he’s home.
Put duct tape around the top and bottom of my dorm room door and taped over the peephole so no one could tell if my lights were on from inside the dorm
2. BoboHodo needs gas money.
My roommate is very talkative. She’ll talk at me for hours on end if I let her. Sometimes when I’m not in the mood for it, I’ll hop in the car and drive until she goes to bed lol
3. TheRedMaiden invested in a good pair of headphones.
My old roommate was talkative and would fill empty air with endless chatter just to continue a conversation no one else was clearly interested in and actively not contributing to. He also talked only either about anime or inflate his own ego.
I started wearing headphones with music loud enough for people around to hear just so he physically could not speak with me.
4. This would have been an especially frightening encounter if NurseyMcNurseface was discovered.
My friend once texted she was on her way over with her boyfriend to pick up something they had asked to borrow. I panicked because her boyfriend is sweet but gregarious and intense and I wasn’t feeling it. So naturally I moved my car from my driveway to the next street over and then hid in the spare rooms bed under a pile of blankets after texting her I wasn’t home but to grab it anyways.
5. bellow_whale straight up left the country.
I moved to Japan because you don’t have to make small talk with strangers ever.
6. pizy1 prefers to eat alone.
I had this office job for about 6 months where I didn’t really like anyone I worked with, so every day for lunch I would go out to my car to pretend I was going out to get lunch, and instead drive to a nearby mall parking garage, park, and eat the lunch I’d packed for myself. I could’ve saved gas and time by just sitting by myself at one of the tables at work. But then someone might’ve tried to talk to me.
7. CaptainCckBlock didn’t even mind a pay cut.
Changed positions at work to a position where i make less money over all to avoid talking to guests
8. Ohaiyogozaimasu just kept on driving.
I was driving up to the store, saw someone I knew walk in, I didn’t even stop. I just kept driving to another store. I didn’t want to do small talk with them. And I knew it’d be a lot of small talk because something new just happened in their life that they’d bring up and want to talk about.
9. livelaughloaft just needs you to move a little to the left… a little more… a little more…
If someone is browsing a section of a shelf at a grocery where I need something from, I pretend to look at other stuff until they go away.
I swear though today I think I was waiting for someone to leave the canned soup section while they were waiting for me to leave the salsa section diagonally behind them.
10. tamati_nz’s friend isn’t popular with the neighbors.
Friends husband pulled a ‘Homer disappearing backwards into the hedge gif’ move when he was trimming the hedge and people came to visit. Doubly awkward cause they saw him do it and he just stayed in the hedge.
11. arcgarrets’s grandad gets him out of stuff.
My grandfather has died like 15 times to get me out of social engagements. What a champ.
12. logicbeans lives up to his name.
My roommates decided to have a random study party, with like 20 people in our apartment that is only 800 sq feet. Because of the unexpected intrusion, I got into the router settings and throttled the internet to dial up era speeds. When my roommates were trying to figure out what was happening, I told them we simply had too many people splitting the bandwidth and in annoyance they all left for the library. Best eight hours of silence ever.
13. Don’t expect ColonelKick to bother with Duolingo.
I volunteered for a position in another country where I don’t speak the language so I could avoid conversations with my coworkers.
14. On the other hand, chikenjoe17 did just that.
Learned german. Don’t wanna talk to that random stranger who trying to sell you something? Say a few lines of german and they’ll go away.
15. rab7 must have felt a little judged.
I used to take the greyhound back and forth from Dallas to Houston fairly often. We always stopped in a town called Buffalo, which has a couple food options at the place where the bus stops. One day while ordering Subway, the worker said “you must travel a lot. You’re here all the time”.
I never went to that subway ever again
16. HandmadeArrow is not messing around with privacy.
In college, I lived in a single on an all girls floor. The second and third floor were all boys. One morning, our maintenance man was cleaning the first floor girls only bathroom and I really had to poop. I’m an extremely shy pooper and never interacted with boys so there was no way I was going upstairs to either of the boys bathrooms.
I emptied out my garbage can, lined it with two plastic garbage bags and took a shit into the garbage can in the corner of my room.
17. buddykat2 proved you can survive on breakfast bars.
I ate only a box of Nutrigrain bars in my dorm room over the course of a week because I was too uncomfortable to go to the cafeteria when I first went to college.
18. Hope toogroovytoo didn’t need that credit.
I dropped a class because a guy asked me out.
19. encompassedworlds did not want to commit 45 minutes of their time.
I went down the elevator with a colleague. We use the same subway line to get home, and I knew if we walked down together we’d also have to sit on the train together and make small talk for the next 45 minutes.
So at the building exit I said I had an errand to run, walked the opposite direction, and used a different subway line that added another 20 minutes to my commute. Worth it.
20. TacoTuesdee thought the cats would do the trick.
We had a lot of cats in one of the houses I lived in when I was a kid. I think I was around 10. This was out in the country, with a single narrow road dividing a row of houses and a vast cornfield. We would get the very occasional solicitor. One particular time I do recall is when a couple modestly dressed older ladies with pamphlets were making their way down the row of houses, knocking on each door. Our door was an old wooden one with a rectangular window cut out at the top. I had seen them waddling across our yard, so I prepared myself. I grabbed the nearest cat and lifted it up to where its head was poking out the window. knock knock knock Held that cat up in the window as steadily as I could. Cat became wiggly, looking down at me and meowing while putting paws up on the glass and protesting whatever confusing thing was happening. knock knock knock Put cat 1 down and reloaded with cat 2. More wiggles, sniffs, confused paws, and meows. Knocking stopped. My reasoning was to make the ladies think we had some mutant cats with super long necks but regular sized cat heads and paws. Maybe they would picture a tiny cat head attached to a serpentine body with pairs of paws all down their neck. Maybe they thought it was a large octopus or squid-like creature whose great body filled the entire house and on the end of each tentacle was a cat head and a couple paws. Perhaps the creature was created by a mad scientist whose lab was in the crawlspace, and the only thing the creature could eat was old ladies and then used their pamphlets to pick their teeth afterward. So, instead of just avoiding the door, I guess I was weird enough to think I could scare them off so they wouldn’t come back. I have no idea what happened on the other side of the door. I wonder what their perspective looked like. How convincing it was.
21. Beezner may have just won the whole thread with this one.
I gave birth to my baby at home, alone, with my toddler watching. I unexpectedly went into labor and even when I could feel the baby’s head, I just thought to call my husband and tell him to “please hurry!” The thought of having to call an ambulance and deal with people was too much.
EDIT: My first labor was induced and I felt no contractions. So with my second, when the pains came on, I swore it felt like I just had to go to the bathroom. I started timing the pain and the first 3 contractions went from 7 min, to 4 min, to 2 min apart. I thought there was no way I could be in active labor. Once I realized I was in labor, I did call my husband and ask him to come home from work, but I thought “Wow this is intense, but people labor like this for hours so I’m okay.” At no point was I ever in crippling pain. I just happened to be sitting on the toilet (again thinking I had to use the bathroom) when my water broke. I called my husband again to tell him he really needed to hurry now. I reached down to wipe my leg and that’s when I felt the baby’s head. I put the phone down, pushed twice, and my son was born. So yeah, I called my husband instead of an ambulance. Even after he was born I told my husband to just “hurry home!” My husband did call and ambulance for me and at that point we were transported to the hospital. The time from my water breaking to my son being born was 5 minutes.
I did not deliberately hurt my child. I would have much preferred to be at a hospital. I am introverted, but it has nothing to do with my ability to effectively parent my children. However, my family does tease me now that it is so like me to not call an ambulance for myself. I completely acknowledge that I should have called for help! But as another person stated, yes I as in pain and irrational.