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Maybe it depends
More often than not, the answer to this question is “yes”. Many people would be shocked to learn that some of our most admired celebrities could probably spend an entire day in front of the tv or computer without getting out of their seat.
However, here are some famous celebrities who do show off their more relaxed side!
It can be hard to see how these introverted personalities shine through, but if you look closer you will find that they have quite a story to tell.
For example, Kevin Spacey, an American actor well known for his acting career and political activism, is a notable exception to the rule.
Many viewers were surprised to hear about one of his first roles, as a teenaged boy with spina bifida in the 1995 film adaptation of John Green’s book “A Brief History Of Time”.
The movie earned him a number of awards, including a Teen Choice Award for Best Hero.
He also proved himself as an intellectual by earning a degree from Harvard University at 22 years old.
Another example is Steve Carell, an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer.
Although he is renowned for his comedic timing and role in movies such as “Get Hard”, fans may know him best for his dramatic work, which includes starring in Fox’s drama series “The Office” and Academy Award-winning performance in comedy “Bruce Almighty”.
No, they avoid it
Although most people do enjoy watching television, the reality is that most introverted people don’t watch much television. In fact, according to a survey from 2011, only 1 in 5 people said they watched enough television to be considered a real “TV person.”
However, even if you aren’t an extreme tv viewer, today’s crowded media environment can still make for too many hours of entertainment options.
The average American watches more than five hours of television per day, mostly at night. But what we eat for dinner has little effect on how much we watch – our main meal may be lunch, but our nightly routine starts about midnight.
And since we spend so much time sitting down watching something, between six and nine hours each week are spent watching TV or another entertainment option.
That’s over two full days of activity! And while none of us is pressuring anyone else to go back to school nights, it does mean staying up late and investing heavily in your own entertainment (while missing out on other things you might be doing).
So how can you take control of your sleep and invest less time chasing entertainment? Here are some strategies that can help get you back on track.
Yes, they watch mindlessly
Though many people believe that introverts prefer to stay inside all day long, this is completely false.
Many introverted people work from home, which allows them to be independent and spend time as they want. Further, most jobs provide options for working schedules so they can fit in with their lifestyle.
In fact, studies show that extroverts actually have more widely spaced out bites of food than introverts. This means that they enjoy their meals together while watching television or having other fun times are. By having these extended periods of time apart, an introvert has room to relax and decompress before moving onto the next thing.
There also seems to be a myth that because an introvert enjoys being alone that they don’t like social interactions. That is definitely not true! An introvert just needs a quiet environment that is comfortable and safe. They will talk to others but only when it is necessary.
No, they don’t watch much television
Though people may claim that introverts do not like watching television, this is not true. In fact, extroverts can learn something from an introvert’s screen time.
Extrovers have a need for distraction that introverts do not. While introverts spend hours enjoying leisure activities such as reading, listening to music, or going out at night, extravers tend to be constantly looking for entertainment.
Because introverts seek enjoyment, they keep busy and stay focused so that they can maintain their level of happiness. By having distractions in your life, you are keeping yourself engaged and comfortable. The more comfort you have maintaining your levels of engagement, the happier you will feel.
It’s easier to avoid media consumption when you’re aware of how addictive it is. You may try to control yourself by limiting your exposure to certain stories or websites. Or you may stick to what matters most to you (like visiting other blogs or magazines) and relax about what others might call “media culture”.
By being consciously aware of how much content you consume online, you can take measures to prevent you from consuming too much stuff. For example, you can put limits on how many pages you scroll down for a story!
Yes, they watch using focus techniques
Although most people think that introverts prefer to keep their lives private, this isn’t true.
Many introverted individuals show their faces in public frequently but simply choose which events to attend.
Some may have personal routines that they stick to, like grooming habits or ways of exercising. But all agree that they love watching television, just not as much as they enjoy social interactions.
In fact, one study found that while 83% of total outsiders (people who don’t view themselves as having a personality type) identified as introverts, only 49% of introverts viewed themselves as such. This is probably because our culturally-induced perception of an extrovert is someone like Kevin Spacey from Hunger Games, not John Laroche from Oscar Wilde’s The Wolf Man.
However, even if an introvert feels compelled to be outwardly active, they can still use time alone for relaxation.
Here are some tips for turning introversion into an asset instead of an excuse :
Yes, they enjoy spending time with friends
Despite what you may think, yes, introverted people can still go out and have fun. In fact, according to a 2012 study by Adam L. Berinsky in The College Student Journal, “most students who engage in social activity like going out or partying will also make an effort to preserve their own company outside of these activities.”
However, this doesn’t mean that they want to dedicate all their free time to such things. For some, having more solo experiences benefits them psychologically.
“Some people get emotional support only from solitary pursuits (such as reading a book), whereas others need the communal experience of partying with friends to feel comfortable, engaged, and relaxed,” writes psychological researcher Dan Sharp for Apartment Therapy.
His research found that while our preferences for solitude and companionship are separate skills, we use the same areas of our brain. That’s why when we aren’t using ourselves for thinking or connecting, we prefer being alone.
Yes, they enjoy having interests and hobbies
Many people believe that if you’re an introvert, you’ll love watching television. But this is not true for most introverted individuals.
Rather than viewing tv as a way to relax and have fun, someone who is extroverted may see it as a chance to go out and explore others’ lives.
For them, spending time in front of the screen isn’t vacation; it’s work. They feel compelled to choose what movie to watch, where to eat, how long to stay at each place, and so on.
This can be exhausting and make your inner self want to rest or retreat. You may know that after a tiring day, you will just sit down and watch a movie or a show, but then the outer self wants to continue doing something else.
The hardest part about being an introvert is realizing you need to listen more than talk. At times when we are surrounded by others who are talking, understanding that moment means letting yourself hear their voices instead of yours is enough to move from the social camp into the quiet one.
You don’t need to speak every single word; hearing your own voice is good enough. Listening carefully to other people with intent listening() is better than active listening.