I was baptized, made first communion, and was confirmed in the traditional Cathlic church from 1955 through the early 60's.
From my perspective; I experienced a more serious display of the faith; with respect to how we go about the Mass and behavior in the church.
Also, my Mother was raised by a Mother who had almost taken her vows at 18 to become a nun. (she left the convent married, and raised 4 children) I would say that I was exposed to very strict adherence to the faith. For example we did not eat meat on fridays; and was told that if we did we may end up on a path of damnation. Today we do not teach some of these religous aspects of the Catholic faith.
I also noticed growing up in a traditional Catholic community that most people would jenuflect when entering and leaving the church, and always when crossing past the cucifix; now I rarely see this being done. We were also taught not to chew the communion host; to allow it to disolve. We were taught not to open our mouths for a time after communion, even to sing. The choir was not to be in view of the parishoners, to keep all the thoughts and glory to Christ. We never clapped in applaud for anyone during Mass. Women from teenage years covered their hair, to keep modesty in our hearts.
Many other differences, but to me, kept us more focused on Christ rather than self and others.........
...are we more or less faithful Catholics, no..............
Like various tools for anything, can make a huge difference in how one acts, feels, and thinks.
I feel that this type of traditional teaching may have greatly affected how a traditional Catholic appeared to be, by others.
ps: for example..............we can climb a mountian with many tools and aids which may or may not help us to our goal.
or we can climb a moutian with less tools and aids, which may or may not help us to our goal.
being serious about the faith to some are a constant focus on Christ's suffering, and in no way a intent to be harsh to others or introverted.
I would like to speak to people in church more, to be more extroverted, but was taught from a small child to remain silent in preparation of the eucharist, and with solmon heart when leaving the church. We would speak and socialize once outside the church.
Is anything wrong with this way? no, nor is the new way. The vatican says so,,,,,,,,,,,,so being understanding of why traditional Catholics behave the way you spoke of is a start to being more charitable to them.