Introverts Prefer Aisle Seats: Incidental Social Distancing

Study Alone or Together

Introverted students indicated a strong preference for studying solo compared to in groups, χ2 (1, N = 34) = 4.24, p = .04. Such a studying preference is consistent with ongoing social distancing recommendations during in-person instruction. No significant preference was found for extroverts (n = 12) or ambiverts (n = 13).


Extroverts “have less tolerance for “intransitivity” — unbalanced triads in which Rich is friends with Scott, Scott is friends with Sonya, but Sonya is not friends with Rich (Hallinan & Kubitschek, 1998)” than introverts (Bayer, 2016; Staiano et al., 2012).

Quarantine Fatigue

Extraverts experienced Quarantine Fatigue sometime around July/August & thus their adherence to social distancing gradually decreased. The result is that extraversion-introversion became a predictor over time

Personality & Walking Speed

Preface: Speed adaptation model (Melnikov et al., 2017)


Introverts should walk faster than extraverts in social spaces as that could be construed as an uncomfortable area for introverts. As such, they would want to leave such an environment as soon as possible.

James St. James of Everyday Feminism (2015)

— “[Introverts] tend to walk faster than extroverts — in order to get out of congested spaces that much sooner — and we’re pretty much guaranteed to smack into somebody. Also, most entry-level work ironically relates to customer service, meaning we’re around our kryptonite all day.



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Dr. Jarryd Willis PhD

Dr. Jarryd Willis PhD

I'm passionate about making a tangible difference in the lives of others, & that's something I have the opportunity to do a professor & researcher.