Every day people join forums online. They join forums to find like-minded people who share their passion, interests, and they also join to find answers to their questions. There are benefits to joining theses groups, but there are also some drawbacks. Chances are you are reading this article because you are thinking about joining one. Remember that they are not all created equal.
You will find a good number of them that you can join. Before you do I want to point out something before you join a forum.
There are many good reasons to participate in theses kinds of groups. I just wanted to shed a light on a few of the negative things. Below are some things you should really consider before or even if you are already a part of a social anxiety forum.
OK, so let’s get started.
The very first thing you should avoid is not learning. The reason you were searching for one in the first place was probably to find people who have the same problem that you do and learn how to overcome social anxiety. So make sure your primary reason to be in the forum is to be informed.
After that, make sure that you are not there just to socialize.. The reason that this is important is you want to use it as a tool to help you accept or to overcome your disorder. Making connections is great. At the same time, you want to learn from people who have made progress. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t socialize, but don’t use it as your only form of communication with other people. If you truly want to do something about social anxiety, use what it is that you have learned and apply it to your real life.
Third, don’t get addicted to the forum. There are many people who spend hours on end there. Be sure you are not one of them. Try to limit your time each day or just visit a few times a week. The reason for this is the more time you spend in a social anxiety forum, the less time you have to use the knowledge that you have gained and you may not have any progress with overcoming this problem
I hope these tips make sense to you. I have seen people who were a member of these types of forums for years and never made any progress with their social anxiety because they never applied what they learned in the outside world. Social anxiety forums are great, but use the forum as a tool and not as a crutch to socialize.