In the metropolis you find many social butterflies. Mixing and mingling without inhibitions in pubs and at parties. Their extrovert nature makes others feel drawn to them. The social butterfly enjoys the centre stage. Right now, they are suffering. And that is why they are terrorising people via Zoom or Skype. They are the ones who keep sending invitations to informal after work meet ups. Virtual meet ups! I call it cyber attacks.
Just come and join us with a drink? Join you? In my living room? With my beer? Informal? Nonsense! They will mention that it might appear awkward. Awkward indeed. They will also promise it is fun. Now, there is the problem. Fun. I don’t want fun. I am funny enough, thank you. Anymore fun and I will be all funned up and explode. Working online all day, having interrupted conversations which sound as if one of you gets electrocuted every few seconds because the WiFi keeps cutting out. And then, those Zoom champions want me to continue unpaid, in my free time, in my living room. Overtime fun. Nope, not happening.
Those social butterflies have real difficulty getting accustomed to the sanctuary of home, to solitude and quiet. Their zoom invites cause many of us to have minor anxiety attacks. What’s the need for this fake socialising? Socialising apparently has benefits such as enhanced mental health, better self-esteem, a sense of purpose and meaning. Well, this maybe the case if you enjoy conversations about topics that don’t interest you, have too much time on your hands or like to be surrounded by people.
An introvert is bored or even scared just thinking about such a scenario. Forget improved mental health. Hello hyperventilation. Meaningless conversations, having to pretend you care, laughing when others are laughing. This is a con job. I prefer to be an anti-social butterfly, separate from the Zoom and Skype crowd. I am fine behind my firewall imagining others über-funning. No validation needed here. I am a firewall flower. Hm, let me overthink this….
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