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19 Real Life Situations Every Socially Awkward Person Dreads

Walking uncomfortably from one horrible situation to the next.

1. When someone sits next to you on public transport, blocking you in when you need to get off before them.

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"Umm, sorry, can I just..." *points awkwardly to door*

2. When you arrive late to a social gathering and people are already talking in groups.

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"It's cool, I'll just stand at the edge of this circle right here and join in by quietly laughing along with these people."

3. When ordering food somewhere new and you have no idea what regular procedure is.

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"Why are there no rules posted anywhere?! This is anarchy!"

4. When you receive a phone call from an unknown number.

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"If it's important, they'll text."

5. And they leave a goddamn voicemail.

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"I'll listen to it tomorrow."

6. When you're stuck sharing an elevator with someone you vaguely know.

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"Are we speaking here or not? Shall I just politely nod hello? Oh god, we just made eye contact!"

7. When you speak for the first time in a while and your voice comes out all broken.

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"Maybe if I just cough a few times it won't look so weird."

8. When someone compliments you.


"...umm, thanks."

9. When you go in for a hug with someone when they weren't expecting it.

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"Oh god, why did I get so confident?!"

10. When someone important enters the room and you try your best to act casual.

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"Oh god, what does normal look like again?!"

11. When you're the first amongst your friends to arrive somewhere.

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"I'll just casually check my phone so people don't think I'm a loner."

12. When you reply to someone you think is talking to you, but they're actually talking to someone else.

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"It's cool, I'm sure they didn't even notice. Yep, there's no way they noticed. I'm like 90% sure they didn't notice…"

13. When someone's walking at that awkward distance where you don't know whether you should hold the door open for them or not.

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"I'm never ever, ever holding a door open for someone again."

14. When someone gets something wrong and your opportunity to comfortably correct them has past.


"Oh well, I guess my name's just going to have to be James from now on."

15. When you're listening to music in a quiet environment, so you have to frequently pull out your earphones to check that no one else can here your music.

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"That guy sitting opposite definitely looks annoyed at me. I better check again for the fifth time that he can't hear my music."

16. When you see someone you know but you aren't sure if they've seen you.

"What... do... I... do?!"

17. Every time you have to have your photo taken.

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"Just smile naturally. Easy."

18. When you're stuck between two people having a disagreement.


"Do they still know I'm here?"

19. And finally, when you remember any of these having happened to you.

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