15 “Antisocial” Things Introverts Secretly Enjoy

15 “Antisocial” Things Introverts Secretly Enjoy

Ever feel like people drain your energy? Need a night in to recharge instead of heading to that big party? If this sounds like you, you might just be an introvert. Contrary to popular belief, introverts aren’t all hermits hiding under the covers. They enjoy solitude and thrive in smaller social settings. There’s a lot they get excited about that extroverts might find baffling. Here are some things introverts secretly love about their quiet, independent natures.

1. Canceling Plans Last Minute

That feeling when you finally listen to your gut and bail on those plans you weren’t feeling? Pure introvert bliss! Sometimes, staying in with a cozy blanket is infinitely better than forcing yourself to be “on.” Don’t worry, extroverts will never quite understand how good those canceled plans feel.

2. Solo Adventures

Whether it’s a quiet afternoon in a bookstore, a scenic hike, or a museum visit, outings on your own are the best. You get to set the pace, enjoy the freedom to do whatever you feel like, and avoid any awkward small talk. It’s an introvert’s ultimate chance to explore the world on their own terms.

3. Ignoring Phone Calls

Your phone ringing makes you anxious? Hello, fellow introvert! Letting it go to voicemail means uninterrupted me-time and the sweet ability to respond later (or not at all, if you’re feeling brave). Remember, your mental well-being deserves to be treated as importantly as other people’s needs to chat.

4. Getting Deep in Your Own Thoughts

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Sometimes the most interesting conversations are the ones you have with yourself. Introverts love those moments to think, connect random ideas, and just ponder the mysteries of the universe in peace. Who needs external stimulation when their own mind provides the best entertainment?

5. A Weekend with Zero Plans

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An open calendar without commitments is like hitting the jackpot. It’s the perfect chance to catch up on your favorite shows, hobbies, or simply embrace the magic of doing absolutely nothing without guilt. After a hectic week, that unstructured downtime is what your soul craves.

6. Long, Relaxing Baths

Candles, soft music, and a quiet bathroom are basically an introvert’s paradise. This is your chance to completely switch off from the outside world and just soak in the warmth and solitude. Treat yourself — you deserve this quiet haven of bliss.

7. People-Watching

Cafes, parks, anywhere with people… These are the perfect places to observe without really interacting. Studying human behavior can be surprisingly entertaining, and introverts totally get that. It’s like your own real-life nature documentary without having to actually engage with anyone.

8. Creative Outlets

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Writing, painting, playing an instrument – solo creative time lets introverts express themselves and tap into their inner worlds. Getting lost in a creative activity is seriously rejuvenating. Let your imagination run free; it’s the best way to celebrate your uniqueness.

9. Getting Absorbed in a Good Book

Introverts understand the joy of being completely transported into another world through a great story. Losing yourself in a book is a delicious escape, way more fun than most parties. Embrace the adventure, even if it’s only within the pages of a well-worn novel.

10. Cozy Nights In

Comfort clothes, yummy snacks, and your favorite series or movie? An ideal Friday night! Cozy nights in provide the ultimate form of introvert-style self-care. There’s absolutely no shame in creating your own haven of coziness.

11. The Joy of Online Friends

Sometimes, introverts can have the most vibrant social lives without leaving their house. Online friends understand without judgment, provide engaging conversations, and often share passions. Finding your online tribe is an introvert win!

12. Deep One-on-One Conversations

Small talk is draining, but in-depth conversations with someone you connect with? Introvert heaven! Sharing ideas, stories, and getting to know someone on a deeper level is so much more satisfying. True connection outweighs shallow chats anytime.

13. Quiet, Natural Environments

The serene quiet of a forest, a deserted beach, or a backyard garden is where introverts feel most at peace. Connecting with nature offers a soothing break from the hustle and bustle. The calm sounds of nature bring introverts a sense of ease that no crowded space can compete with.

14. Learning New Things

Introverts enjoy researching, experimenting, and expanding their knowledge. Whether it’s through documentaries, online courses, or hands-on learning, introverts find joy in mastering new skills. Fuel your internal fire, there’s a whole world of new knowledge waiting for you to discover it.

15. The Satisfaction of Alone Time

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Above all, introverts relish simply being alone. They understand how solo time fuels their creativity, helps them process emotions, and prepares them to step back into the world when they’re ready. It’s the chance to truly be with yourself, without distractions or external pressures.

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Harper Stanley graduated from Eugene Lang College at The New School in NYC in 2006 with a degree in Media Studies and Literature and Critical Analysis. After graduating, she worked as an editorial assistant at The Atlantic before moving to the UK to work for the London Review of Books.

When she's not waxing poetic about literature, she's writing articles about dating, relationships, and other women's lifestyle topics to help make their lives better. While shocking, she really has somehow managed to avoid joining any social media apps — a fact she's slightly smug about.