PUBLIC OPINION > Introverts Are on the Rise
SodaHead Living 2012/01/25 19:52:32
Susan Cain recently authored a book called "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking," which attempts to champion the introverted side of life by explaining its benefits. It also tries to assert that introverts are outnumbered, or at least out-gunned -- and while it might seem that way on the outside, we wondered if it was true. We turned to SodaHeads for some perspective. And keep in mind, these purely are based on opinions.
Are You More of an Introvert or an Extrovert?
72% Say They're Introverts
There could be a few factors at play here. For starters, there does seem to be a real trend of introversion. Japan has been worrying about it for years, and they even have a term ("hikikomori") for the growing number of young people who have completely shut themselves off from the world. Introverts are also probably harder to find out in the "real world," whereas a reasonably anonymous Internet poll would be more appealing to quiet types. But we saw some fascinating trends in the results, so let's take a look at the demos for some more insight.
Introversion Among the Youth
The most obvious demographic trend was age. Respondents became notably less introverted as they got older. The vast majority of teen voters (85%) said they were introverts, while voters over 50 were nearly split (54%). This could be interpretted differently: It could mean people feel more extroverted when their older, or it could mean that, like Japan, the U.S. is witnessing a trend of introversion.
Single and Not So Ready to Mingle
This could easily be tied to the age thing, but the margin between singles and married respondents was even wider than the age spectrum. Singles were 32% more likely to say they're introverted, which seems to lend support to the idea that people feel more extroverted as the get older -- more specifically, when they find their mate.
Extroverts Need Liquid Courage, Too
Alcohol is sometimes viewed as a social crutch, something that will get you talking when you're not sure you even have anything to say. You might think that would mean introverts are more willing to use it, but our results show that's not the case. Drinkers were 13% more likely to say they're extroverted.
If you'd like to vote on this question, dig deeper into the demographics, or engage in existing discussion about the topic, visit our original poll about introverts and extroverts. We'd love to hear from you!
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