When someone talks to me about going to a networking event or anything super social, I casually tell them “No thanks. I hate people.” Most of the time they awkwardly laugh.
I’m not joking.
I love individual persons but persons seem to get dumber and more annoying when they are in a group of people. I think it is because in a one-on-one setting there is less perception to deal with.
Obviously some groups of friends work well, but those persons gel together so it is fun.
Networking evens are just a super orgy of awkwardness. The first question people seem to always ask is “what do you do?” or “where do you work?” I remember this girl I know from Russia found that very awkward. I try to ask instead “What do you like to do” or “what are you interested in?”
I get energized by individual persons. I get drained by people.
I need to remind myself that people are persons too.