Some people tend to think that being introverted is a bad thing or not the normal way to live in society. Instead of having your own alone time alone time you should be out socializing instead, and if you are not then you could be considered weird. It was a common misconception. The speaker in the Ted Talk said that the world needs introverts because they are creative. She talked about how being shy and being introverted do no go hand in hand. Being introversion is about how you respond to stimulation. Introverts feel more capable when in quiet environments which is the complete opposite of extroverts which feel alive from places like social gatherings.
Extroverts do seem to be more valued in a since. Schools and the workplace are typically designed for people to be more extroverted because you must interact with others. On the other hand there are jobs and school that are not like that. For instance home schooling and being a novelist. When you are being home schooled you are typically taught by a parent and the only other classmates are usually your siblings. Novelist can work from where ever they want. They can choose a place that suits their stimulation needs.
Here at Austin college there is a sort of biased towards extroverts. Most teachers give a grade on how much you participate in class. If you do not speak up then your grade can suffer. We are also required to take classes like public speaking which could put introverts in an uncomfortable place. The first semester of our freshman year we are put in a class called communication/inquiry. In this class there is alot of group projects and closely working withe every student in the class. In most of the classes the students must make speeches and presentations.
Each introvert and extrovert holds their own advantages. For example an extrovert may be able to make more friends and appear more likable because they like to be with others. Introverts like to be alone so there is a lot of time to get their work done instead of being distracted with socializing.