Science Says: THIS May Be the Reason You’re an Introvert

Everyone loves curling up with a blanket and a good book (or Netflix) in those dark, cold winter months, but did you know that wanting to stay that way—even after spring has sprung—could be a reflection of where you grew up?

According to a new study, there is a temperature-specific sweet spot that can predict whether or not a person will grow up to be an introvert or an extrovert.

Crazy, right?

Apparently, growing up somewhere where the average ambient temperature was 72 degrees Fahrenheit means that you’re more likely to be outgoing and agreeable than someone who grew up in a colder climate.

Researchers got data from more than 1.5M people from both China and the U.S. who were given a personality test and also reported the zip code of the place they spent most their growing up years. They even controlled for obvious factors like social class and still got the same results: kids who grew up in clement climates (not too hot or cold) were also the ones headed outside to try new things, meet new people, and allow those interactions to positively shape their personalities.

Not that introversion is a bad thing at all, but I’m thinking I have one more excuse to move my little family to the beach!


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