Being introverted is simultaneously awesome and awful. It goes so far beyond the bounds of shyness, plus you often get mistaken for just being an asshole. People think you're blowing them off constantly when you're really just so awkward that you make yourself cringe on a daily basis, not to mention that you're genuinely cool with being on your own. It's hard to explain that you need at least twenty-four hours to recuperate after being “on” for some event, whether it's an intimate get-together or a concert. If you're an introvert, you'll get these moments instantly. If you're not, maybe you'll understand your introverted associates a little better.