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How would you describe your personality? Do you consider yourself an extrovert, or an introvert? Do you like meeting new people? Or do you prefer to be alone? To this question, many Chinese young people gave the same answer: We have social phobia. On the Internet in China, "social phobia" has gradually become an Internet buzzword and a label. Today, let's talk about "social phobia" !
If you were caught by a tiger, would you call for help? For this question, there is a popular answer on the Chinese Internet: "No. Because if no one saves me, I may die; but once someone comes to save me, I have to say hello to him." This is a joke told by a Chinese talk show actor, but a lot of young people agree with that. They would rather be killed by a tiger than greet others. More and more young people say they are socially phobic. 社恐 comes from "social phobia". If a person says that he has social phobia, what he means is that he is very afraid of chatting and getting along with people, and he only wants to be alone.
Someone surveyed Chinese people aged 16 to 29 and found that 32% of them have social phobia. Why do more and more Chinese young people have social fear? I think there are two reasons. The first reason is that social media is very popular and even dominates the daily life of young people. Although people can chat at any time on social media, they rarely chat face to face, so when it comes to actually getting along with people, many people feel awkward and don't know what to say or do. Some Chinese students say that they study at school from Mondays to Fridays and stay at home on weekends. Although they can be chatty online, they are shy when talking to people offline. They say that because it is safer to chat with people online, at least others cannot see themselves.
The second reason is unique to China. Many young people nowadays are the only children in their families, because they were born under the one-child policy, where one couple can only have one child. Therefore, they have no siblings to play with. Also being the only child, their parents have high expectations on them, so they spend more time studying and less time meeting new friends. When they need to socialize, they find it very difficult, and these social interactions will also give them a lot of pressure.
To be honest, I think it's normal to have a little bit of social anxiety, we all have times when we just want to be alone and don't want to talk to other people. What do you think? Welcome to leave us a comment!