Shyness: Can Facebook help?
As social media grow, so does the debate over whether they are actually useful. Some experts maintain that all the new technology we've absorbed in recent years is just making us more lonely. Sherry Turkle, an MIT scholar, makes that case in her new book, "Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other."
But there is some fascinating new research showing that for shy people, Facebook is allowing online connections that may help their offline relationships. Among the shy and the psychologists who help them, Facebook is seen as one of the most important developments in decades.
We are seeking to speak with shy teens and their parents about their Facebook use. Does it help with shyness? Or is just another crutch to avoid people?
Please email Mike Rosenwald.
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