19 Everyday Situations That Are Impossibly Difficult For The Socially Awkward

Can I please just go home now?

1. Getting to the restaurant/movies/concert before the rest of your friends.

I’ll just sit here on my phone, please don’t look at me.

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2. Deciding whether you’re shaking hands or hugging (or both??).

Is it…ahhhh…what are we…ugh.

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3. Making small talk with hairstylists.

There’s going to be so much uncomfortable silence after explaining the cut you want, isn’t there.

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4. Having absolutely no idea if someone’s flirting with you or just being friendly.

Haha no, of COURSE I wasn’t leaning in for a kiss, you just had something on your face? That I wanted to help with? Bro?

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5. Elevator rides.

It’s honestly bad if you DO know the person AND if you don’t.

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6. The never-ending loop of asking each other “how are you” when greeting someone.

“Hey, how’s it going?” “I’m good, how are you?” “Good! How are…you.” “…Good?”

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7. Responding to a compliment.

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Actually zero things you can think of to say without sounding like an idiot.

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8. Riding the subway with an acquaintance.

Omg what if you run out of things to talk about.

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9. Determining the appropriate amount of enthusiasm for dancing.

Maybe if I just…do what you’re doing.

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10. Ordering coffee, especially if it’s busy or a new place.

Ahhhh so many options and impatient people behind you in line and what if you pronounce something weird?

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11. Trying to decide what to do when you’re walking into someone else’s path.

I should have just leapt into the street.

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12. When someone actually calls you instead of texting.

Whoa whoa whoa, you expect me to TALK? With my VOICE?

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13. Knowing what to do with your arms when you walk.

I feel like they’re swinging too much?

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14. Making eye contact with anyone, ever.

What if they think it meant something??

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15. Accidentally liking a Facebook photo you should never have been looking at.


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16. Realizing you’re walking near someone you know.

And trying to act like you don’t see them.

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17. When you can’t hear what someone said, so you say “what?” and they repeat it, and you still can’t hear it.

“Haha” — you, despite still having no idea what they said.

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18. Walking into a party and feeling immediately unsure what to do with yourself.


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19. Most of life, just in general.

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