Breaking Down Social Anxiety

How social anxiety works:

1) Have a thought
2) Stress about whether to express the thought
3) Say the thought, usually against your better judgment
4) Stress* about how what you said was likely offensive, off-putting, stupid or just plain weird
5) Decide you should really just stop talking altogether
6) Lather, rinse, repeat

For the social media age, please add:

7) Stress about if you should post about this experience on Facebook
8) Post on Facebook, against your better judgment
9) Stress about looking stupid, sad, pathetic, or just plain weird
10) Decide you should never use social media again
11) Lather, rinse, repeat

*This stress will come back to haunt you at intermittent junctures for approximately the next 18 years

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