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The Impact of Social Anxiety during the Covid-19 Pandemic in Adolescence

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DOI: 10.23977/aetp.2021.51209 | Downloads: 30 | Views: 872


Ruixin Cao 1


1 Jericho Senior High School, Ny, 11753, USA

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Ruixin Cao


Social Anxiety among youth has proliferated during the pandemic. Due to the global shift in social interactions and interpersonal behaviors, the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the psychological burden on many, especially those vulnerable to anxiety. This paper explores the impact of general and social anxiety on the population at large, and then shifts focus to explore the measurement of social anxiety and the treatments currently targeted toward youths. In particular, recent developments in technology-based assessment tools and interactive treatments offer promise for combating social anxiety among youth. Among these, the novel means for both assessing and treating the symptoms of social anxiety are discussed. Finally, the paper brings attention to the new social norm as the world continues to fight against the pandemic with novel resources that need further development. Social anxiety among youth will remain a topic of concern as the pattern of social interactions, peer relationships and interpersonal distancing has changed. 


Social distancing, Covid-19, Social perception, Anxiety, Smartphone apps


Ruixin Cao, The Impact of Social Anxiety during the Covid-19 Pandemic in Adolescence. Advances in Educational Technology and Psychology (2021) 5: 36-43. DOI:


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