Gen Xers Talk About How The Pandemic Made It Less Sociable


March 2020 marked a fundamental shift in the world. A majority of the world went into lockdown, and billions of people had to learn how they could continue with normalcy. COVID-19 is not going away. However, some people feel that the worst is over thanks to the fall in infection rates and the vaccine. Gen Xers still have concerns about the impact of the pandemic on their lives.

I’m Uncoachable, I’m Unsociable

The best place to find out what the often-forgotten generation of GenX is up to these days is the r/GenX Subreddit. Recently, a provocative post gained a lot of attention. @PenSeawood tweeted an interesting question “Has anyone else found that since 2020, you’ve become more introverted, less sociable?”

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COVID-19 clearly sent millions of people indoors so social skills became rusty. One of the most popular comments is that Introverty only became more severe: “I was already a huge introvert. The past few years just made it deeper.”Some commenters wondered if they could get even more introverted.

Another author writes “Same. But I have to admit, I used to get some social interaction from work that is no longer there and I am starting to feel really isolated.”Sometimes it takes years to get the isolation in place.

Still Going Out, But Prefer To Stay In

“Yes, absolutely. At 48, all I want to do is be alone,”One commenter said. Another commenter said that they leave the house only reluctantly. “I work from home. I’m prime GenX (born late 71) . I hate leaving my house at all. Lol. I do it. I have a good time. I sing in a choir, I go to musicals in the summer with friends but if I could just be with my dogs and spouse at home? I would do that!”

A brief disclaimer

It is important to understand that subreddits are more likely to have users who spend time online. This is a common trait that lends itself to introversion. Therefore, comments here might be more inclined toward unsociable tendencies. One commenter said, “I guess all the introverted Gen Xers hang out on Reddit! Funny.”

COVID-19 made brains work differently. Simply put. One commenter explained the change in a simple and elegant way: “I’ve always been a very sociable person, very outgoing… “A people person“ if you will. Ever since 2020 I truly have no desire. A silver lining to the ‘Covid era’ is I seemed to take off my rose-colored glasses. I’m not a shut-in in my house like the Unabomber or anything but I truly just don’t feel like socializing with that many people anymore.”

They are not the only generation of Gen Xers. These skills took many years to acquire and only two years to lose their effectiveness. Here’s hoping folks can reach levels of introversion that are natural and right for them as COVID-19 continues.

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