Introverts have been getting some extra attention in the media lately. Usually, we’re pegged as anti-social weirdos, but we are not aliens, not even close. We are so not antisocial. We aren’t necessarily shy, or in any way unapproachable.

But when it comes to dating, it seems that we, introverts, are overlooked. It’s the extroverts that get most of the attention because they are more, well, extroverted.

But here are a few reasons you should pay attention to the quietest person at the party next time, and try going out with an introvert:

1. We are amazing listeners

When someone else is talking, we listen — like truly, deeply listen. We prefer to only speak when we feel we can add substance to the conversation. We will never interrupt you. We will begin to care about things you care about. Sports? We will cheer on your favorite team, while learning all about how to play the game.

2. We hate small talk

You will never have to worry about having to make small talk with us. We hate it. You see, our energy is extremely limited. And the last thing we want to do is waste it on something that is meaningless to us.

Instead, we love deep conversations. It feels more sincere to us. This is how we form our bonds: either with one-on-one conversations, or via personal conversations that are deep and meaningful. Superficial communication always just feels like some type of cruel and usual punishment.

3. We will notice all your subtleties

All those details about you that no one seems to notice, like the weird way you sleep, never fails to intrigue us. Remember the vintage t-shirt you saw in the store window that you couldn’t stop talking about? We will for sure remember that when your birthday rolls around. We are quite sentimental in that way.

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