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hi there...

I was wondering if anyone could give me some info, or would be interested in sharing some of their thoughts.

I am doing a research project into social anxiety and communication at the Royal College of Art in London.

I am looking to find out the issues that sufferers of social anxiety have when using MSN messenger and other online communication tools such as chat rooms and email? Is it easier or more difficult than face-to-face communication or talking on the phone?

Thank you very much in advance for your time.
 

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Chatting and emailing is a lot easier for me than having to talk to someone in real life. I'd never use a webcam and/or mic tho.
 

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thanks for the feedback :)

do you make friends with people by chatting online, or do you use online chatting to talk to people you already know?

would you ever meet a person you met online?
 

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Yea, I make friends online, usually by playing MMORPG's and I chat with some people I know in real life to.
I wouldn't really want to meet any online friends in real life tho. I just don't like meeting new people, not even if I sorta know them from an online game or something.
 

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For me, my level of anxiety depends a lot on whether the communication is real-time or not real-time. So I do get quite a lot of anxiety when using MSN and chat rooms, but a lot less with forums like this one. And normally no anxiety with email. Although if I know someone very well I don't usually get anxious when talking to them online. But, unlike a lot of other people it seems, my SA does spread to online communication.
 

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2 years ago chatting on the internet would be a lot easier and less daunting than the phone or gulp face to face. I would always think of what the best things would be to say if i worded stuff right and the same would go with posting on forums.

Some of my buddies have hooked up with some people online but some of the people they met were really weird. Friendster or facebook seemed to be a lot better than myspace ;)

I've met people I've talked to online but that's cuz we were all part of the same group and stuff. Now I am not a super master pro at chatting with people but I like to think of myself as normal and eventually I will be pimpolicious =)
 

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thanks for all of your comments. i wasn't expecting this much response so soon...i have to say i was a little nervous posting the first question as i don't know this forum very well.

its really interesting katelyn talked about anxiety when communicating in real time... does anyone else feel this way?

how do forums like this make you feel? do you feel comfortable in the chat rooms for example, when you know other people will be sensitive to social anxieties? or do you feel comfortable only on the forum as people can leave a message not necessarily directed at you personally?

does it help being online so people can't see your face or body?
 

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I don't really have trouble with communicating in real time when Im chattin with people I've known for quite a while. However if it's someone I don't know very well then I can sometimes hessitate to say something.
Forums are OK I guess, although when I reply to a post I can feel a lil anxious bout how people will respond to it.
I don't have a cellphone, I think it's a waste of money as I never call anyone and I don't really want to be called by anyone either.
And yeah I love the anonimity of the internet.
 

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thanks for your reply j35us.

do you feel any pressure from family or people you know to get a cell phone? would you ever get one just to use it for the internet or SMS messaging?

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I would say using messaging systems is easier than both the phone and especially face-to-face contact.
 

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Not at the moment, but my parents do want me to get one when I go to college next year. I wouldn't really mind having a cell phone, I just don't think I'd ever use it.
 

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Well I think I'd turn it off, cause I don't like talking over the phone and I don't want to atract any attention when it rings or w/e. I don't really know if I'd take it with me.
 

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i think its quite common to leave your phone off for periods of time, not just if you're anxious but if you don't want to be interrupted.

why do you use this support forum?
 

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I guess Im here mainly to get/give advice and read about what other people are experiencing and how that reflects on me.
 

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I was wondering...

what would be the WORST thing that could happen to you in terms of a mobile phone? What is the worst-case-scenario?
 
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