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Updated on Dec 31, 2018. Posted on Dec 30, 2015

17 New Year's Eve Struggles Every Introvert Knows Too Well

To go out or not to go out?

There's nothing inherently WRONG with New Year's Eve...

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Drinks, friends, a socially acceptable excuse to make lots of noise. All fun things.

But the hype around it can make it an introvert's nightmare.

1. People always ask you what your ~plans~ are, because you MUST have them.

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For some reason, New Year's Eve plans are a BIG FUCKING DEAL.

2. You have to make the big decision: go out or stay in?

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AKA, inevitable social fatigue or FOMO?

3. Despite your normal love of quiet nights in, even you worry that you might regret not having an ~unforgettable~ night out.

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New Year's Eve only comes one night a year, you tell yourself. You can pretend to be an extrovert for one night!

4. You might want to go out in theory, but you know any bar or club you go to is guaranteed to be a madhouse.

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5. And if you do decide to risk it, your introvert batteries will be pretty much drained by, like, eleven.

So. Much. Social. Stimuli.

6. And it's not like you can leave early, because you have to stay 'til midnight.

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No Irish exits allowed on New Year's Eve.

7. Then, you might end up drinking a lot in order to keep in the ~party mood~ and wind up a M E S S.

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If you can't beat 'em, join 'em, right?

8. No matter what, going out is never as fun as you convinced yourself it would be.

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9. On the other hand, if you want to stay in with a bottle of wine and Netflix, everyone's all like:

10. So sometimes, you don't outright tell your friends your REAL plans until the last minute.

11. You're hard-pressed to find people who want to stay in and be lazy AF with you.

Because blah, blah, it's New Year's Eve, everyone's going out~

12. You low-key miss the good ol' days where you HAD to stay in with a babysitter.

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You didn't know how good you had it.

13. That said, there are decidedly less awesome photo ops when you stay in.

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Just because you're an introvert doesn't mean you don't care about the 'gram.

14. Then there's the issue of deciding what movie to watch or show to marathon.

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Sure, you can do that any day of the year, but what you watch on New Year's Eve is SPECIAL.

15. Same with what to eat.

16. You get FOMO from all your friends' drunk texting.

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Not that you ACTUALLY want to be there. But still.

17. And admittedly, the midnight is a little anticlimactic when you stay in.

But hey, at least it's only one day a year. Tomorrow, you can go back to your normal day-to-day Introvert Struggles.

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