Social Anxiety and Computer-Mediated Friendships: A Study of Motivations and Relational Maintenance

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Recently, I researched an interesting topic related to computer-mediated communications. I decided to look into how the internet and mediated channels can be beneficial to individuals who may not be able to communicate in a face-to-face setting. During my research I was able to narrow the scope of my project to focus on individuals who suffer from social anxiety or social phobia and who are physically unable to create or maintain face-to-face relationships because of the stress and anxiety they experience. Because of the lack of interpersonal relationships, these individuals suffer from a decreased sense of well-being. However, I believe that using communication technologies can be beneficial to these individuals and here is why:

 

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One thought on “Social Anxiety and Computer-Mediated Friendships: A Study of Motivations and Relational Maintenance

  1. I really enjoyed your take on CMC and social anxiety. We hear so much about the dangers of social media and mediated communication, yet there are real benefits in these communication channels. Thanks for demonstrating some of the positives of CMC.

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