Alright well, complete change of pace from the last couple of posts as I actually want you to think about this and hear your opinions and thoughts on the matter. Also, completely ironic to be talking about this on a blog. :P
We live in an evolving society that provides victims of social phobia to function entirely in their home through technology. You can order groceries online, go to school online, work online, and even submerge yourself into massive virtual worlds. Most victims of social phobia crave social interaction just as much or more than those who do not suffer from it. As a result, many of them turn to the online world of social networking where they’re free of face-to-face social interactions but can still satisfy the need to communicate with others. This creates an illusion of relief from social phobia but rather it worsens the anxiety of face-to-face social interactions as the person is exposed to them less and less. Once they’re placed in a face-to-face social interaction, the same self-critical fears about themselves being subjected to others' judgments will arise again, and possibly worse than before due to being withdrawn from interactions. One might ask what this means for an evolving society where face-to-face social interaction can be limited so severely. What does this mean for future generations where people can nearly be raised entirely in isolation and through the internet? Never before has this been possible until the last decade, where technological advances have brought us the possibility of living almost entirely socially virtual lives. Does this mean people will inherently become more and more afraid of face-to-face social interaction as social networking through the internet becomes more dominant? One might look at this information and wonder what the next fifteen to twenty years might hold and if the traditional means of social interaction could change altogether in a world where social phobia becomes more severe and rampant.
This is a small part of my psychology paper from last semester which I never really got to discuss with anybody and I'm truly interested in what you all think about this. Also, thanks for all the support!