How to find other shy people online and offline?
February 13, 2007 9:18 AM   Subscribe

I am shy and sometimes socially anxious person who has benefitted greatly from social activities run by a small support group where I live (Glasgow, Scotland). I found that site just by sheer good fortune after learning (a couple of years ago) to type the phrase "social anxiety" into Google. I would like to meet more people and have more of a social life and so have started a local Shyness group on I would like my group and my site to appeal to those who see themselves as shy rather than socially anxious and to those who know they are shy but have never heard of social anxiety. Where would be good places online and offline to promote our group? Where are the local shy people to be found?
posted by AuroraSky to Human Relations (9 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
The library? I know I spent many, many socially awkward years there (and still do). And they should have a bulletin board that will be seen by lots of people.
posted by fiercecupcake at 10:33 AM on February 13, 2007

Bookstores too.
Churches and
Art Classes
posted by BoscosMom at 11:21 AM on February 13, 2007

Chess clubs? Any sort of games where you don't have to keep chatting. Single person sports. Running, swimming, yoga, so sporting goods stores could be good. You can spot the shy in a yoga class by the reaction to 'Ok, everybody find a parter!" They'll be the ones hiding in the restroom. Actually, you could maybe write on the stall walls. "Shy? We are too. Call this # for a recorded message and come to a function. We'll save you a chair by the door."
posted by BoscosMom at 11:37 AM on February 13, 2007

Sorry, that should be partner. I got nervous just thinking about it.
posted by BoscosMom at 11:39 AM on February 13, 2007

...also knitting and yarn or craft stores. And garden shops. Pet shops too.
posted by BoscosMom at 11:50 AM on February 13, 2007

The Mitchell has just reopened, it might be a good spot. There's a bookgroup at Borders at Royal exchange sq. This is actually a really difficult one to answer!
posted by bonaldi at 4:13 PM on February 13, 2007

Seems like people who want subjects for social anxiety studies are always advertising at my university. Any school with good technical programs is dripping with shy people.
posted by crinklebat at 10:23 PM on February 13, 2007

Oh god, and don't make them call a number. Give them an email address they can write to, or better yet, a website they can visit. I always laugh when I see a social anxiety study ad that says to call the lab. Good luck finding any genuinely socially anxious subjects that way, guys!
posted by crinklebat at 10:24 PM on February 13, 2007

Calling a number is usually fine as long as you tell them they'll get a recorded message. It's only when an actual person answers that it becomes a problem.
posted by BoscosMom at 11:45 AM on February 14, 2007

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