Some people might claim to be introverted or somewhat socially awkward, but there is no debating it with these 15 people. These people set the standard for social anxiety and you should hope you never reach this cripplingly awkward level.
1. BoboHodo — “lol”
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
2. pizy1 — cars are the safe haven for the socially awkward.
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.
3. bellow_whale — this person is living the dream.
I moved to Japan because you don’t have to make small talk with strangers ever.
4. CaptainCckBlock — worth it.
Changed positions at work to a position where i make less money over all to avoid talking to guests
5. Birdman_the_third — I would probably just keep the lights off, but to each their own.
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
6. tamati_nz — love the mental image.
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.
7. Ohaiyogozaimasu — “Oh sh*t, he just got a promotion. He’s gonna blab far too much for my liking.”
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.
8. TellAPhony — Shame? Wear this one with PRIDE. A great idea.
I was having a “bad day” with being a introvert, so I used one of those Grocery Delivery services, and texted the driver saying wasn’t home at the moment and to just leave the stuff on the porch.
When I heard her drive up I literally stood in my hallway where I couldn’t be seen from any windows and listened carefully.
I heard her come up to the door, knock, knock again, drop the bags and drive off. She sent a text that she had dropped the stuff off and I should hurry because some of it is perishable.
I opened the door and got my groceries.
That might be one of the lowest moments in my life. I still get pangs of shame whenever I think of it.
9. livelaughloaft — They stood their for 20 minutes waiting for the other to move.
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. Relshuq — this is like beginner level social anxiety, right here.
Hitting the drive thru and eating in the parking lot
11. PMme_YOURSHOES — this person risked their LIFE over anxiety.
I’ve scaled wet, steep and slippery rocks when hiking just to avoid small talk with the people on the actual path
12. arcgarrets — RIP x 15, grandpa.
My grandfather has died like 15 times to get me out of social engagements. What a champ.
13. jinjinsfreckles — the workers had to be so confused.
A few summers ago, we had to replace the air vents in my house so my parents hired a few guys from an air conditioning company. To change all the air vents, the men had to go room to room so naturally, I thought I could avoid them by literally camping out in the closet which had no air vent so why would they even need to check? The closet in question was actually a teeny walk-in closet in my parent’s room with a door that opens inward like a bedroom door. So I grabbed my pillow, 3DS, and a snack, and was ready to brave the long day in there.
Unfortunately, I didn’t think far enough about what to do if they did happen to come upon my hiding spot. I think I was in there for about an hour when I suddenly heard footsteps nearby and yep, they were opening the door. I never panicked so hard in my life because how do you even explain this to someone? “Hello, I didn’t want you to know I was here so I decided to make this closet my home.”
So what did my panicked dumbass do to make it even more awkward? I started PUSHING back on the door to shut it and I can just imagine what this poor guy must have been thinking. He finally stopped pushing, knocked politely on a freaking closet door, and asked if there were any air vents in there. I could only squeak out a mortified no.
I do have social anxiety which makes me do some pretty stupid things, but I definitely learned my lesson that time to not avoid people. Or better yet, not be an idiot!
14. logicbeans — this is next level.
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.
15. chikenjoe17 — better yet, learn pretend German. Same effect, less work.
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.