Let me preface by saying, I enjoy and appreciate extroverts too. This is not a jab against extroverts at all. I enjoy a diversity of people.
I watched a great TedTalk awhile back called The Power of Introverts.
Susan Cain states "western societies, and in particular the U.S., have always favored the man of action over the "man" of contemplation..."
Do you see a bias towards extroversion? If so, and you're an introvert, how do you cope?
I think this is true in the U.S.
When I worked in the school, I worked with almost all extroverts. Apparently, teaching is a profession dominated by extroverts. Not something I realized or even thought about before hand (but it makes sense, you have to stand up in front of a classroom for 6 hours). I enjoyed working with students, but I needed a bit of a break to recharge.
So, most days, I didn't sit in the lunch room with everyone. But, every other Friday was chips and dip day- so I did join everyone in the lunch room that day. So, that I was mostly getting alone time, but not being unfriendly.
That's just one way I try to offset my introversion. I'm not a pure introvert- I do like talking to people. Just, not all the time. I perform best when given some alone time for contemplation.