I was just reading an interesting blog post from a stay-at-home mom about what she terms "social media anxiety". What exactly is this phenomenon? Take social anxiety, add Twitter, Facebook or any other social networking site, and you have the potential for "social media anxiety".
Although Colleen's post is partly tongue-in-cheek, she makes a good point. Those with social anxiety may sit frozen at the computer for minutes or hours trying to craft the perfect facebook update. They may be too afraid to join in conversations on Twitter, or too concerned about what others might think to leave comments on blogs.
Personally, I have always been a bit of a chat-o-phobic. Give me email, where I can take the time to write and respond at my leisure and I'm fine. Put me into a chat session and I start to question myself. Did I respond too quickly? Not quick enough? Am I boring the other person? How do I end the chat? And on it goes, until the chat is over and I return to carefully crafting my emails.
What do you think? Is social media anxiety a real phenomenon, or is it impossible to be socially anxious when sitting alone in front of a computer?
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