Why Our Social Anxiety is the Same URL as it is IRL

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.

Read the full article at Catalogue

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