17 White Lies Every Introvert Has Told

“I’m just really busy for the rest of my life.”

1. “Sorry I’m busy tonight.”

CBS

CBS

 

Truth: I really don’t want to hang out.

2. “Oh no! That’s a date I can’t make it! Stupid work dinner urgh, I’ll see if it can be changed.”

BBC One

Truth: There’s a 95% chance I do not want to go to this event, but just in case I change my mind, I’ll give myself a way back in.

3. “Oh we have a work dinner? I have my housemate’s birthday that night!”

BBC One

Truth: Have I already used the housemate’s birthday excuse?

4. “Oh you need to cancel tonight? That sucks.”

NBC

Truth: I am secretly relieved.

5. “Oh yeah, I had a great weekend! Caught up with heaps of people, it was awesome.”

FOX

Truth: I caught up with all my pals on One Tree Hill and I have no regrets.

6. “I’m so sorry I’ve been so slack, I’ve had the worst cold!”

Paramount Pictures

Paramount Pictures

 

Truth: I have a bit of a runny nose I guess.

7. “Sorry I missed your call! My phone was on silent.”

ABC Family

Truth: Seriously, text me.

8. “Awesome party! Sorry I have to bail early, huge day tomorrow.”

Disney

Truth: This was fun, but also talking to so many people has left me drained.

9. “I double-booked myself! Let’s postpone, let me know when you’re free next?”

Paramount Pictures

Truth: I accidentally booked myself into way too many social gatherings this week and realised this was my one free night to be alone, and you’re the unfortunate person I’m bailing on.

10. “Hi, I was told to come in store to pay the rest of my furniture lay-by off, but is there anyway I can do it online?”

FOX

Truth: Can I just do everything online for the rest of time?

11. “The more, the merrier!”

CW

CW

 

Truth: Omfg, no.

12. “This week has been crazy socially. I’m just going to chill out on Friday night I think.”

NBC

Truth: I literally need a break from people before I spontaneously combust.

13. “Oh sorry, I didn’t hear you. I had my headphones in.”

Truth: I wear my headphones so you won’t think to ask me first.

14. “Shall we catch up and go to the movies?”

FOX

Truth: Shall we catch up and go into a dark cinema where we get a break from talking for at least two hours?

15. “Ahh yeah, I took my birthday off Facebook, I just want it super private you know?”

Bravo

Truth: I really did not want to deal with “are you going to have a party?!” pressure.

16. “Gotta run, see you soon!”

BBC One

Truth: That was a fun five minutes but I’m out of conversation, bye!

17. “I’m a shit friend, I’m sorry.”

Logo

Truth: Literally, I am a bad person, I’m sorry.

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Tahlia Pritchard is a senior writer for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney.
 
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