Since the pandemic started in 2020, a lot of things changed. Travel plans were canceled. Businesses had to close down. Parties were prohibited.

People began to adapt to new ways of working and socializing. Employees were forced to work from home. And social gatherings slowly turned into virtual happy hours.

For many, the pandemic lockdowns represented a dark cloud with no silver lining. Many would dream of the day when things will finally go back to the way they used to.

A year later, the restrictions were slowly lifted. Businesses have opened their doors once again. Even airline companies have resumed their operations. But as we ease back to our “normal lives”, some people realize that it isn’t as exciting as they thought it would be.

If you’re feeling less social and more introverted post-COVID-19, you’re not alone.

Being unable to socialize for over a year, some extroverts who were expected to hit the club claimed they weren’t ready to go out there — at least not yet. The idea of seeing other people is no longer as enticing. Others have found themselves feeling drained by social situations.

So what it is that caused this change? Months and months of quarantine. Being alone has provided them with the opportunity to self-reflect and decompress without anyone else around.

So did the pandemic bring out the introverts in us? For some, yes. Most extroverts still enjoy socializing and spending time with family and friends. But what changed is that they’re starting to enjoy their alone time and prioritizing themselves more.