Image: from Petra Collins’ series Selfie. Image Source.
Back when social media was in its infancy, it was predicted that the internet would be a great equaliser for social anxiety, introversion and shyness. People could speak to each other behind the security of a computer screen. The socially anxious could join mainstream society in flourishing conversation through the veil of anonymity.
But like most broad-brush statements describing the internet as either irreproachably virtuous or the second coming of Satan, this prediction wasn’t right.