Anxiety Social Net is a new social network that seeks to help the group of people who have trouble socializing with larger social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. Anxiety is a widespread problem that prevents people from adequately socializing with the people around them. Excessive fears of being judged prevent people from sharing their own feelings or ideas with most people thus closing them off to the world.
When social networks started insinuating themselves into mainstream culture, perhaps one of the less talked about consequences, was the affect it had on the lives of the socially-anxious. The ambiguous, sometimes anonymous nature of social networks provided a buffer for people with social anxieties allowing them to express themselves without the fear of interpersonal confrontation.
However, as social networks like Facebook reach near-ubiquity their scope can lead to entirely new anxieties. As opposed to a one-to-one interaction in real life, when updating your status to Facebook you are broadcasting yourself to potentially hundreds of people at once. The fear of being judged by that many people in a single moment can be stifling and force people to withdraw into themselves even further.
Anxiety Social Net is more than just a social network, but a support system as well. There is no pretense since everyone on it is suffering from similar issues of anxiety. Based on a short questionnaire people’s moods are evaluated and published on their profile page. Using this information other people can reach out to them to offer them help or someone to talk to. It’s a place where people can not only share their problems but also be comfortable with themselves knowing everyone in the network is going through similar situations.
As with their beginnings, social networking has the ability to provide an outlet for people who have difficulty interacting with people in person. It operates as a gateway that helps people overcome their problems with anxiety instead of simply helping them exist with them.