As everybody is moving forward in this post-pandemic world, it’s not rare to come across a few folks who must be feeling more isolated than ever. It can be because of less time to socialize with people outside the workplace or internal factors such as social anxiety. Online friend-searching and live video chat apps have been doing a great job of filling this void. However, for people with huge social anxiety, meeting people online can feel just as frightening as meeting people in person. But fret no more, and we’ve got your back.
Here are a few ways by which you can be at greater ease when it comes to meeting people online on a video call. These tips apply to everybody regardless of whether they have social anxiety or not.
- Come prepared with questions that can break the ice: The generic ‘how are you doing’ questions can be a perfect approach to show your genuineness. Still, it’s unlikely to get you or your potential online friend to feel more encouraged to start new conversations with each other. More often than not, such instances of awkward silence can be something that can make both of you feel uneasy. But look at the good part, and it’s a great time for you to put your creative thinking ability to work. Come up with clever questions that you can ask your new online friend. For instance, you can ask, “Do you have any pets?”, “Do you believe in ghosts?”, ” Have you ever experienced an embarrassing moment that was funny too?” or anything under the sun. Be careful about what you ask them. Ensure that you’re not asking anything that might offend your new friend.
- Keep the camera on: While it may seem unconventional, keeping your webcam on can enhance your virtual interactions. Just keep in mind this tip is only for some. We understand if you have social anxiety and the thought of being on camera may make you uncomfortable. But trust us, and it’s a choice worth considering. After all, online connections can often feel impersonal and distant, but a smiling face can bring a touch of warmth and human connection. So go ahead, smile your way to a new friendship!
- Take deep breaths: Breathing is an effective way to relieve anxiety. Take deep breaths and focus on your breathing. It will help to take your mind off worrying about things. You’ll be able to focus on the conversation with your new friend if you’re more present. If you stammer while talking, always let your friend know you feel a little nervous. A genuine friend will always be considerate of your situation and try to ease you as much as possible.
- Make the space comfortable: Ensure that you’re in a comfortable margin. If you’re easily distracted by noisy areas, consider staying in instead of being in a cafe. Remove anything that may be a source of anxiety for you.
- Change your outlook: Online conversations provide a unique opportunity to connect with new people without the pressure of being perfect. Instead of striving for perfection, set realistic expectations and focus on authenticity. This low-stakes platform can serve as a stepping stone to building real-life connections and getting to know someone on a deeper level. Let go of the pressure to impress and enjoy the conversation for what it is – an opportunity to connect and learn. Embrace authenticity and make the most of your online interactions.
An online video call app is a great way to connect with people outside your circle and expand your network. Feeling a little nervous while interacting with people online is alright, but keeping lower expectations and coming prepared before a conversation begins can help you greatly reduce anxiety.