My wife and I were talking the other day about my learning styles research. She observed that it seemed to her that most testers tend to be more introverted than extroverted. While I don’t have the facts to prove or disprove this (yet), in thinking about the testers I know, and my interactions with other testers, I think this might be the case. While there certainly are extroverts in the field of software testing, the majority of people seem to be introverts.
There are two possible explanations for this — there’s something about software testing (or perhaps software development, in general?) that draws in and attracts introverts, or my wife and I just tend to remember and associate more with introverts than extroverts, being introverts ourselves.
This question is one that I’ll have to keep an eye on as I progress in my research. Anyone have any thoughts about the issue?