I think there is a pretty common idea that people who would describe themselves as bookworms or readers are often introverted people. I think in most media, a person who loves reading is often a shown as a more reserved character, and I was wondering if you guys felt that this holds true in real life?
Personally, I think this sort of idea fits my personality quite well. I would absolutely consider myself an introvert, and I really do enjoy relaxing with a book after a lot of social interaction. I work a retail job in the summer, and while I really do enjoy interacting with people during the day, I really do love to just sit and relax alone after any extended period of social activity.
As an aside, I always find the concept of an introvert “recharging” alone after a social interaction a bit odd, but I think that is a personal quirk about the word re-charge, it just makes me think of a phone. While I don’t feel re-charged really, I do find that I need spaces of time by myself in order to decompress and relax.
In addition to that, my friends also seem to fit this idea of a bookworm. All of my friends who have been veracious readers have also described themselves as introverts, and are similarly are content with a weekend night of reading instead of a more social activity. But again,
As a younger person seeing characters in movies and tv who were shy and loved reading was a really nice experience. I was an incredibly shy child, and being able to see that this was fine, and that there were many people who preferred watching the crowd instead of being in it, was lovely.
So all of this is to say, that I do feel as though the bookworm as an introvert idea is in line with my personal experience. But I was wondering if any of you had any thoughts about this sort of idea in popular culture? Do you find you don’t fit this idea at all? Do you think this idea is reductive, as I mean all stereotypes are by definition? Or do you find yourself identifying with this idea? I’d Really love to hear your thoughts!
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