Were You a Shy Kid? You’ll Relate to These 22 Tweets

Introversion and shyness are not the same thing. According to Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, introversion is a preference for quiet, minimally stimulating environments, while shyness is the fear of negative judgment. However, many introverts experience painful shyness at some point in their lives.

#GrowingUpShy is a hashtag on Twitter that’s getting a lot of attention right now. Here are 22 of our favorite tweets. Can you relate?

1. When you want to say something in class but you’re nervous about raising your hand.



2. When you can’t stop thinking about something awkward you did.

comfort zone


3. When you’re so quiet you become practically invisible.

friends forget

4. Because talking to strangers made you nervous.


doctor's office


5. This.

roll call

6. When you’re trying not to draw more attention to yourself.



7. Because working alone was easier than suffering through conversation with your partner.

group projects
8. When you have to introduce yourself on the first day of class.

9. Because you don’t need all that attention.


10. Can you disappear now?



11. Because you’re completely capable of reading, but when you read in front of other people, you’re 100x more likely to make an awkward mistake.

12. And then this happens.

can't hear her


13. Because you don’t want everyone to notice that you finished first.

finishes test


14. You’re supposed to talk now?

teacher lets class talk


15. Conversation? No thanks.



16. Because you don’t want everyone to look at just you.



17. Speaking to a stranger and not knowing what to say? Horrifying.

translate English


18. When you don’t want anyone to go out of their way for you.


19. When everyone knows how shy you are.



20. When you feel like your shyness has made you miss out.

21. When people think that pointing out your shyness will somehow make you come out of your shell.

22. That amazing moment when you realize you’re not the only person who felt that way.

only one

Introverts, can you relate? What was it like for you growing up?  retina_favicon1

Read this: It’s Not Just You: 29 Very Real Introvert Problems, According to Twitter


  • So many of these but I always counted students ahead of me when we had to read paragraphs out loud. It was always a panicky moment when the teacher would suddenly have the student just a few sets in front of you read 2 paragraphs because they were smaller.

  • While these are quite astute, we have to remember shy and introverted are not synonymous.

  • Priscilla says:

    Yes to all! Especially no.4

  • Njogu Mungai says:

    Haha I’m not all alone in this.All I ever want is fairness. A chance to fairly prove that I am capable.

  • Tessa says:

    Love this!!! I can relate to almost all of them. #6 made me laugh 🙂

  • Chrissy says:

    Oh,most are true for me…back then we didn’t have mobile phones so mostly it was standing around awkwardly in a group like a plum… I can laugh about it today,am still shy but the bit when people say why are you so shy still gets me sometimes