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"According to the Social Phobia/Social Anxiety Association, a non-profit organization in the United States, about 7 percent of the world's population has some form of social anxiety disorder."

Seems low.

I think it sounds about right.  Social Phobia is not the same as depression, generalized anxiety disorder, Asperger's syndrome, or garden-variety shyness. Perhaps you're thinking of these other syndromes?

Tina, you're right, I was lumping together all the different forms of anxiety.

Agnes, it's interesting, the online tools make us feel more comfortable even though in many ways they are more isolating than chatting face to face.

One big advantage is being able to be more considerate because I have more time to consider how my message might be received.

And I have more time to choose my words carefully.


Communication is so much more than words, though.

Yes, it is, and yet quite a lot comes across online.

I don't feel that the depth and breadth of my appreciation for how funny someone is conveys well online.  :)

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