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How Socially Awkward Are You?

Take our personality quiz to find out! For each of the situations listed below, select your likely response.

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  1. 1. It’s time to leave a party.

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    Give the entire room a wave and a strident “Bye everyone.”
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    Seek out the people you know best, say goodbye to them, and make plans to meet up again.
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    Mumble a few halfhearted farewells before making for the door.
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    Slope off without saying a word to anyone, thereby avoiding any hug/handshake awkwardness.
  2. 2. You find yourself sharing a lift with a work colleague you don’t know very well.

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    Inquire enthusiastically about their life outside work.
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    Engage in chitchat about the weather.
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    Stare at the floor. Maintain absolute silence at all costs.
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    Accidentally break wind. Rehearse the incident obsessively in your mind for the next 20 years.
  3. 3. Leaving work, you spot a colleague walking just ahead of you on the street.

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    Speed up, say hi, and enjoy a companionable chat all the way to your bus stop.
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    Pretend you haven’t seen them.
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    Slow your walking pace so as to put distance between you.
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    Turn round and walk in the opposite direction, tripping over your shoelaces in the process.
  4. 4. You're getting your hair cut.

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    Chat garrulously to the hairdresser the whole time.
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    Exchange a few words for politeness’ sake, then lapse into cheerful silence.
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    Ostentatiously read a book/magazine/stare at your phone.
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    Close your eyes and pretend to sleep.
  5. 5. You realise you are walking the wrong way down the street.

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    Turn 'round and correct your mistake. Who cares what people think?
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    Pretend to tie your shoelaces before turning back.
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    Give your phone a purposeful glance, so as to communicate to any observers: “This text changes things. I must turn back.”
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    Duck into the nearest shop and kill time until all possible onlookers have moved on.
  6. 6. You are called upon to introduce someone at a party, but realize you can’t remember their name.

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    Be honest. Say straight away, “I’m so sorry, I’ve forgotten your name.”
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    Make a wild guess.
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    Fudge it. Address the person as “fella” or “mate."
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    Just run out of the room and never explain.
  7. 7. You get stuck talking to someone boring at a party.

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    Flash a charming smile and say, "Lovely to meet you, but I really must circulate."
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    Pretend you need to go to the loo, and excuse yourself.
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    Start sighing loudly and checking your watch, hoping they’ll get the message and leave you alone.
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    Leave abruptly, muttering something vague about “going through a lot of shit at the moment.”
  8. 8. You’re out for dinner with friends, and everyone is telling jokes. It's your turn.

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    Effortlessly recall a humdinger, and recite it flawlessly, sending everyone into hysterics.
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    Mumble something about “not being a joke-telling kind of person.”
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    Start telling a joke. Realize, with mounting horror, that you’ve forgotten how it ends.
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    Burst into tears, hoping to divert the topic of conversation.
  9. 9. After concluding business with a client, you say goodbye — only to realize you are walking in the same direction.

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    Continue the conversation, shifting smoothly from business to non-work topics.
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    Pretend you’ve left your phone behind, and head back to the office.
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    Walk the other way, thereby inconveniencing yourself and ruining your commute.
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    Let out a guttural wail of despair.
  10. 10. You greet a male friend by going in for a hug. He extends a hand.

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    Make light of the confusion. It’s no big deal.
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    Work out a complex maneuver that combines handshake with hug. Make it look deliberate.
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    Say, “Well this is awkward.”
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    Kill yourself.
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