Do you own a cell phone? Do you prefer voice calls or texting?
A 2004 study published by the University of Plymouth in the UK studied the phone habits of two groups of cell phone users: those who preferred voice calls and those who preferred texting.
Results of the study showed that "texters" (people who preferred texting over voice calls) were more likely to be socially anxious and lonely. Texting helped them to express their real selves, develop new relationships, and develop closer relationships with friends and family.
For those with social anxiety disorder (SAD) texting may be both a help and a hindrance. Texting allows you to communicate in a relatively "safe" way, and may help to deepen relationships that would not otherwise develop.
At the same time, if texting is used exclusively without face-to-face communication, those with SAD may fail to develop social skills and not have a chance to practice and gain experience with social interaction.
What do you think? Is texting helpful or harmful for those with SAD?
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