25 April 2017
Social Anxiety: How is it different from shyness? And, are we a society of anxiety?
We are living in the modern world where people depend mostly on technology. Moreover,
we use social media as a judgment tool for ourselves to have a better self-esteem because the
more “likes” we get, the happier we are. At the same time, the increased use of social media can
cause people having social anxiety, facing rejection or “not fitting in” can create insecurities and
as a result, people are “trapped” into modern prejudice. Therefore, social anxiety can be caused
by your body and mind; social anxiety can also be caused by external forces.
There are differences between social anxiety and shyness. First, the definition of social
anxiety is “the fear of being humiliated, embarrased, negatively evaluated, or rerjected in social
situations” (Social Anxiety). Ali claims that “ social anxiety is the third common psychatric
disorder, with 13% of the general population experiencing some symptoms at some point
throughout the lifespan (Kashdan & Herbert, 2001)”. On the other hand, shyness is when one
feels awkward when approaching or is approached by other people. Shyness and social anxiety
both share common traits which is why it makes them both closely related.
In the current world most people use technology to assist us in all the daily activities we
do. We overwhelm ourselves with the numerous tasks that we have to do which causes us to
multi-task. Also, by doing many things and not completing one task at a time, this can cause
depression and anxiety (Haelle). To reduce stress from the workload, we could start off by
finishing one task at a time and this mean we could reduce the anxiety. Doan 2
Social anxiety and shyness are closely related and these symtoms ussually begins at the
age of 13. Most parents overlook the problems that their child can be suffering from social
anxiety or shyness. Without the proper treatment young adolesense can face difficulty
transitioning from being an adolesense to a young adult (Katzman). “According to Clark’s model
(Clark & Wells, 1995; Clark, 2001), social anxiety in adult is maintained through a vicious
cycle” (Ali). Therefore, if a child is left untreated social anxiety and shyness can become a
lifelong mental disorder.
To sum up, we are living in the world was controlled by many factors of anxiety. Not
only we were controlled by anxiety but we are a society of anxiety. We depend on everything
through social media and set a scale to judge yourself; not only a scale to judge yourself but a
scale to judge others. Because of a scale as a judgment tool, we tend to feel more afraid of what
people will think and look at us. Thus, social anxiety is a disorder that needed treatment with
medication and therapy. Works Cited Doan 3
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Katzman, Martin A. "Social Anxiety Disorder Is Not Just Shyness." Anxiety Disorders, edited
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