Is Facebook making us socially AWKWARD?

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Meeting face-to-face is more difficult after meeting people online

  • Researchers studied how online interaction affects face-to-face meetings
  • They fitted 26 students with electrodes to measure physiological arousal
  • Students were shown Facebook photos of a subject before meeting them
  • During face-to-face meetings, participants suffered an increase in arousal
  • Researchers linked this arousal to an increase in social anxiety
  • They believe viewing photos leads people to rate themselves against that person, and this can increase anxiety
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